Bondage

To lack this knowledge is really to be ignorant of God—and salvation is notoriously incompatible with such ignorance. For if you hesitate to believe, or are too proud to acknowledge, that God foreknows and wills all things, not contingently, but necessarily and immutably, how can you believe, trust and rely on His promises?

—Martin Luther, Bondage of the Will (Review of Erasmus preface “Of the importance of knowing that God necessitates all things”)

Here is a further quote from Bondage of the Will that, I think, well illustrates the problem we have in our SBC churches. We know all about our own ‘felt needs’ and our own ‘decisions’ but have very little knowledge of the choices and judgements of God before the foundation of the earth. How whimsical we must seem to a Holy and eternal God when we ‘rededicate’ ourselves over and over to no avail.

How indeed can we trust in ‘His promises’ as Luther writes when we are really relying on our own promise to ‘be good’–something which we know will crumble at the first chocolate/tobacco/coffee shop/bar and we have no concept of who is really in charge of the Universe at large?

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2 responses to “Bondage

  1. Time and time again unbelief reigns first in our falling… Like the wicked servant in the parables of the minas and talents. Like the one who is forgiven but doesn’t forgive. Like the disciples who can’t cast out the demon requiring prayer, a submission to the One who gives them the power. Who are we worshiping? Where are we placing our trust? What God/god do we really envision and believe in?

  2. This is what I am going to be writing about the first of this week. God is either the God of the Bible…or he isn’t.

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