17 September 2009

Old Lutheran Quote of the Day

Because God is truly omnipotent, He will be able to snatch us out of every peril and adversity, protect us against any dangerous foes, hear our prayers, grant us the necessities of this life and of the life to come, equip us with virtues, snatch us away from death itself, and bring us into life, though all the devils will resist in vain. -- Blessed Johann Gerhard, *On the Nature of God and the Trinity* p. 200

4 comments:

Rev. Benjamin Mayes said...

So have you been reading the Theological Commonplace on God straight through, or only reading the "practical use" at the end of each chapter?

Thanks for giving us some good Gerhard.

William Weedon said...

I've been skipping about - and the practical use stuff is always very good. The constant battling of the Socinians is as wearying, though, as Pieper's battle against "ich-theologie."

Rev. Benjamin Mayes said...

I suppose it's wearying to us since we're not usually in the heat of the battle against Socinians (or ich-theologians, either). It sure is good to have this available, however, and also to know it, since those who use the same arguments as the Socinians are still around: Jehovah's Witnesses, Unitarians, and modern "Christian" theologians of various shapes and sizes.

William Weedon said...

The denial of vicarious satisfaction (which also seemed a feature of their teaching) is also alive and well, sadly.