Monday, April 14, 2008

The 8th Commandment




Oh, therefore, let us never listen to those who praise and extol the conflict of the Reformation for the pure Gospel but want to know nothing of a similar conflict in our days. God's command: "Contend for the faith!" applies to all times, also to ours.

Let also our hearts be kindled by the fiery zeal with which Luther and his faithful helpers fought. Let us not like a coward surrender without a fight what they in hot conflict and with word, writing, blood, and tears gained by conflict, but faithfully preserve it and courageously defend it against all assaults until death. Let us consider no truth revealed for salvation as insignificant and agree to its falsification; for here applies: "A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump." Nor let us be concerned that for the sake of our conflict our names are rejected as malicious people. Even Luther and his helpers once had to experience this, and today millions bless them after they are long since at rest in their graves.

If today we show that we are not the degenerated but the true children of the Reformation, some day when we also lie dust to dust, our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren will bless us. (CFW Walther, Sermon for Reformation, 1876)

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

"If today we show that we are not the degenerated but the true children of the Reformation, some day when we also lie dust to dust, our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren will bless us. (CFW Walther, Sermon for Reformation, 1876)"


Don't you just love the way he just assumes there will be children and grandchildren. At least in his day there was an actual basis in fact for that assumption.

Nowadays, not so much basis for such a belief.

2004:
Baptised Children--32,851

1961:
Baptised Children--82,248

http://lutheransandcontraception.blogspot.com/2010/07/hope-for-lcms.html

If we are not degenerate (notice the root word) then we should admit our mistakes and teach our children not to follow in deadly degeneracy.

RevFisk said...

No argument here. :)

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