15 November 2008

Old Lutheran Quote of the Day

We must not determine the status of our faith on the basis of of our feeling of comfort or spiritual joy. -- Blessed Martin Chemnitz, *Justification* p. 106


Anastasia Theodoridis said...

Very good. So how do you determine it?

William Weedon said...

2 Peter 1:5-9! Living faith produces love; a faith that does not issue forth in love is but a dead faith that saves not a soul.

Anastasia Theodoridis said...


"add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love."

In other words, good works, yes?

William Weedon said...

Yes indeed, the fruits of faith. What I particularly love is that St. Peter tells us that if these qualities are absent, then the problem is that we've forgotten that we've been cleansed from our sin.

L P Cruz said...

Pr. Will,

Thanks for this quote.

I needed that, my Pentecostality sometimes creeps in an needs a corrective.


William Weedon said...


I think when old Luther wrote that we're all enthusiasts by nature he acknowledged that we're all pentecostals in our hearts - we natively rely on those feelings.