14 December 2010

A Random Luther Gem from Church Postil for Christmas

Grace does not interfere with nature and her work, but rather improves and promotes it.

6 comments:

Lvka said...

Depends on what you mean: some things disappear altogether only to be replaced by others: and the similarities between what was and what's new are about as numerous and as profound as their dissimilarities, so...

Phil said...

I read that just the other day and thought it was interesting.

Do you know when the sermon was written?

William Weedon said...

Phil,

I think it was in the early 1520's.

David Clapper said...

It would be interesting to compare Luther with Aquinas ("Gratia non tollit naturam, sed perficit.") on this...

Deacon Latif Haki Gaba, SSP said...

That is a very important passage, and if that sermon had to be boiled down to one line, as I recall it, I think you picked the most essential one.

Jon Townsend said...

Experience regularly runs contrary to this statement.

I would say a more accurate statement would be - Nature and her work almost always try to interfere with Grace and to minimize and distract from it.