25 October 2011

New Lutheran Quote of the Day

St. James says:  "Resist the devil, and he will flee from you" (4:7).  That sums up the teaching of the New Testament on spiritual warfare.  It's as easy as that; it's as hard as that!  Spiritual warfare calls for perpetual resistance, withstanding the attack, standing our ground, refusing to retreat from our post or to surrender to the enemy.  It involves a kind of passive resistance, for it has more to do with suffering and receiving support than doing and exercising power.  Spiritual warfare is a battle of wills. -- Dr. John Kleinig, Grace upon Grace, p. 266.

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