Saturday, July 12, 2008

Everything Must Yield

“...Many people do not understand, saying we should not fight so hard about an article and thus trample on Christian love; rather, although we err on one small point, we agree on everything else, we should give in and overlook the difference in order to preserve brotherly and Christian unity and fellowship.

“No, my dear man, do not recommend to me peace and unity when thereby God's Word is lost, for then eternal life and everything else would be lost. This matter there can be no yielding nor giving way, no, not for love of you or any other person, but everything must yield to the Word, whether it be friend or foe. The Word was given unto us for eternal life and not to further outward peace and unity. The Word and doctrine will create Christian unity or fellowship. Where they reign all else will follow. Where they are not no concord will ever abide. Therefore do not talk to me about love and friendship, if that means breaking with the Word, or the faith, for the Gospel does not say love brings eternal life, God's grace, and all heavenly treasures, but the Word...”

Sermons of Martin Luther from the year 1531, W.A. 34,11,387. Day By Day We Magnify Thee, p. 384.

1 comment:

Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

Amen. It is amazing how the great thinkers of Christiandom came up with stuff hundreds of years ago that directly addresses what we are facing today. It goes to show that man's nature to corrupt follows set and repeating patterns.

I notice about half of your stuff is quoting brilliant bits from the past and half is you writing new stuff (like exposing the "seeker friendly" "church". Both are very edifying.

I hope you will consider posting appropriate material at our site

Now the church is in such trouble today that the Societies mission of upholding God's standards for civil government almost can't be gotten to. Our foundation is so busted that we can't build society up too much on it- OTHO, their is a synergy because pointing out the wisdom of God's standards in one area shows the need for His standards in another.