14 April 2009

Old Lutheran Quote of the Day

Thus it is with the general absolution that God announced to the whole world by the resurrection of Christ. All of this is of no help to the poor world if it remains in unbelief. God has already given to each of us the forgiveness of sins, but He will not force any of us to accept it. We must accept it in order for it to be beneficial to us, and we do that only through faith. The resurrected Christ did not offer a single word of condemnation against His disciple's sins - not against Peter's denial and not against the flight of all the others. The only thing He chastised in them was their unbelief. - C. F. W. Walther, *God Grant It!* p. 349

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