29 November 2011
Old Lutheran Quote of the Day
We teach the Law of God purely as the norm of all holiness and piety. We instruct our hearers to do good works according to the norm of the Law, after they have been led to a knowledge of their sins and have embraced the blessings of Christ by faith. We teach that true, saving faith is not idle but is effectual in the pursuit of good works. Thus where good works do not appear outside, there true faith is not inside. We teach that through sins against conscience the Holy Spirit and saving faith are cut off from the reborn. We set before our hearers very serious and urgent reasons why they have to do good works, namely, for God's sake, for our neighbor's sake, and for our own sake. We encourage our hearers to mortify the flesh along with its lusts, to crucify the old Adam, and thus to work out their salvation with fear and trembling. -- Blessed Johann Gerhard, On the Church, p. 607.
Posted by William Weedon at 6:37 PM