Walther Quote of the Day

But this incorrect preaching of the Law is not even the worst feature of the sects. To make matters even worse, the sects do not preach the Gospel to people who are alarmed and in anguish. These pastors imagine that they would commit the worst sin by immediately offering consolation to such poor souls. They give them a long list of works they have to do, so that they will be received into grace— if at all. They tell them how long they have to pray, how forcefully they have to struggle and wrestle and cry, until they supposedly feel the Holy Spirit and divine grace and can rise from their knees shouting, “Hallelujah!”

Law & Gospel: How to Read and Apply the Bible by C. F. W. Walther (A Reader’s Edition) p 151

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