Walther Quote of the Day

Those who think they serve God with the mere hearing of His Word are deceiving themselves. Now is the time for us to mark this truth and impress it upon our heart. In our country, most of the people are divided into two parties. One consists of those who no longer believe in God, who make their own understanding their god, who regard service to God as unimportant. The other party is made up of those who believe in God and in serving Him, but consider this service to be the mere hearing of the Word, prayer, singing, godly conversation, and other pious exercises. They regard lightly the works of love toward others according to the second table of the Ten Commandments, suggesting these are common works that even the heathen could perform. The result is that nonbelievers often far surpass the apparently pious Christian in works of love for their neighbor. But what shame is there when a nonbeliever can say to a seemingly zealous Christian: “You have faith without works; I have the works without faith. You have what you call God’s Word yet you do not do it. I do not hear your Word of God yet I do it. You go to church and want to serve God by that, but you do not serve your neighbor. I, on the other hand, do not go to church yet I serve my neighbor. Who, then, is better?” 

God Grant It: Daily Devotions from C. F. W. Walther p 427-428

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