06 September 2007

Old Lutheran Quote of the Day

If a strange beggar comes to our doors, with feigned simplicity of manner for the sake of imposing on us, and we refuse him admittance, he goes away; but if we admit him to our home, he becomes our guest, he gradually grows bolder and more presumptuous, until at length, if we allow him, he becomes our master; and so unholy passion assails us; if we give it no encouragement it speedily withdraws. If thou wouldst not have this hated enemy rule thee, receive it not into the home of thy heart. -- Johann Gerhard, *Sacred Meditation XXXVII*

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