13 April 2011

New Lutheran Quote of the Day

Here too Luther goes his lonely way between the hierarchical safeguards of Rome and the psychological safeguards of the Enthusiasts.  It is the lonely way of the Reformer, who heeds only the Word of God and counts on this Word for everything, even for what is humanly impossible.  Only in this way can he and the Lutheran Church hold together the objectivity of the sacrament [of Baptism] and the sola fide, whereby we do not forget that justifying faith is not the matter of a single moment, but the substance of our whole lives.  Such faith is not some act of our commitment to God that is particularly perceived and experienced in some isolated moments of our life.  Rather, it is the constant, though always clouded, reliance on the Gospel's promise of grace. -- Herman Sasse, *We Confess:  the Sacraments* p. 45.

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