Bondage

Here I read this today and thought it fit in pretty well with the post I made earlier:

“That is to say: a man without the Spirit of God does not do evil against his will, under pressure, as though he were taken by the scruff of the neck and dragged into it, like a thief or footpad being dragged off against his will to punishment; but he does it spontaneously and voluntarily. And this willingness or volition is something which he cannot in his own strength eliminate, restrain or alter. He goes on willing and desiring to do evil; and if external pressure forces him to act otherwise, nevertheless his will within remains averse to so doing and chafes under such constraint and opposition. But it would not thus chafe were it being changed, and were it yielding to constraint willingly.”
–Martin Luther, Bondage of the Will

(This is partially for Cent if he ever shows up here again. Read this and the comments too.)

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2 responses to “Bondage

  1. This book should be required reading for any new members, new believers, or just “I’ve never read the Bondage of the Will” class…

    If we could just get our absolute need for the Spirit’s regeneration due to the depth of our depravity, pride would/should be cut to the root. Humility reduces church/family disputes.

  2. Mmmm…Bondage of the Will…thats good stuff. I always liked J.I. Packer but I think its because he sounds a lot like Luther. Knowing God was my first intro to reformed theology but I really like BotW.

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