22 September 2007

Old Lutheran Quote of the Day

Whatever, therefore, may be the relation of imputation to original sin, our Church holds it to be an impious opinion, that our misery and liability are merely the results of imputation. The primary point is, that we do actually participate, in our nature, in the corruption wrought by the Fall. -- Krauth, *The Conservative Reformation* p. 378

4 comments:

Anastasia Theodoridis said...

Yup, it's real participation, and not merely imputational. And that applies both to the sin of man and the righteousness of Christ.

Which sort of seems (to me) to make imputation superfluous, in the face of the reality.

Anastasia

William Weedon said...

Well, as to the uselessness of imputation, you will need to take that up with the Blessed Apostle. He's the one who wrote Romans 4:5,6!

Anastasia Theodoridis said...

Uh-huh. But not in the sense of imputing causing something to be there which was not already there. True righteousness, the res, not the nomen, begins and ends with faith, is predicated upon faith, IS faith in action.

Sin, likewise, was already there, already in us, independently of God imputing it.

Anastasia

William Weedon said...

True righteousness is faith, but not because of faith itself, but because of what faith holds tight to. "In ipsa fide Christus adest" as Luther said. Or in more detail: "Therefore, faith justifies because it takes hold of and possesses this treasure, the present Christ." (Great Galatians)