02 April 2011

Old Lutheran Quote of the Day

No man can be thoroughly humbled until he knows that his salvation is utterly beyond his own powers, devises, endeavors, will, and works, and depends entirely on the choice, will, and work of another, namely, of God alone.  For as long as he is persuaded that he himself can do even the least thing toward his salvation, he retains some self-confidence and does not altogether despair of himself, and therefore he is not humbled before God, but presumes that there is - or at least hopes or desires that there may be - some place, time, and work for him, by which he may at length attain to salvation. -- Blessed Martin Luther, Bondage of the Will.

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