Bondage

Purpose Driven Erasmus and Luther’s Response:

Regarding the Gospel:
”No: if God has willed that these things should be openly proclaimed and published, who are you to forbid it? The apostle Paul, in his epistle to the Romans frankly discusses these very matters, not in a corner, but openly, publicly, before the whole world, and in harsher terms than those you quote. ‘Whom he will he hardeneth,’ he says and again, ‘God, willing to show forth his wrath,’ etc. (Romans 9:18, 22). What is harder (to the flesh, at any rate) than Christ’s saying, ‘Many are called , but few chosen?’ (Matthew 22:14)And again, ‘I know whom I have chosen?’ (John 13:18). On your view, of course, there is no information more useless than all this—your reason being, presumably, that it might drive the ungodly to despair, hatred and blasphemy!

Here, I see, you are taking the view that the truth and usefulness of Scripture should be measured and decided according to the feeling of men—to be precise, of the ungodliest of men; so that nothing henceforth will be true, Divine and wholesome but what these persons find pleasing and acceptable; and what is not so will at once become useless untrue and harmful.”
—Martin Luther, Bondage of the Will

Preaching a watered down, inoffensive gospel does your hearers a disservice of the harshest kind. Even the coldest, most time-crunched physician delivers the bad news to terminal patients. Be kind and give them the gospel in a straight shot that hits them hard and makes them think not in a weak dilute potion that allows them to get used to it over time. The former is good medicine the latter? Death.

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2 responses to “Bondage

  1. You gotta love Luther!

  2. I think its safe to say that he was not ‘seeker sensitive’.

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