Modern Lutheran Quote of the Day

If penalty then can mark its character, original sin is truly sin.

Charles Porterfield Krauth
The Conservative Reformation and Its Theology
p. 405

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Luther Quote of the Day

Ch. 25:8. He will swallow up death forever. He follows Hosea’s word (Hos. 13:14): “O Death, I will be your plagues. O Sheol, I will be your destruction.” For He says that He will soon extinguish death, but that he will always swallow it up little by little, just as our old man day by day ought to swallow up death through the Spirit. So also Christ destroys death. As a plague consumes the body little by little, so Christ is the pestilence of our death and of our old Adam.

 

Luther’s Works Vol. 16
Lecture’s on Isaiah ch. 1-39
p. 197

Ante-Nicene Father Quote of the Day

To all these heretics is added one Tatian, a brother-heretic.  This man was Justin Martyr’s disciple.  After Justin’s death he began to cherish different opinions from his. For he wholly savours of Valentinus; adding this, that Adam cannot even attain salvation:  as if, when the branches become salvable, the root were not!

Tertullian

Appendix: Against All Heresies

Trans. by Rev. S. Thelwall

Ch. vii

Note: This quote is a good warning for us. It doesn’t matter who your teacher is, you can still fall from faith and become a heretic or unbeliever. 

Modern Lutheran Quote of the Day

He who has false views of morbus*, is not likely to obtain a thorough cure of it. His determination to call a plague-boil a pimple, will not make it a pimple; tubercular consumption is not a trifling cough, nor a cancer a corn, because men may think them such. We can neither think facts out of being, nor into being.

Charles Porterfield Krauth
The Conservative Reformation and Its Theology
p. 396

*Morbus is a theological sense, is moral sickness, disease, or plague (p 392)

Luther Quote of the Day

23:18. Supply abundant food.

He is describing the true nature of the food and clothing of wealthy Tyre. The people of Tyre are to have food to the point of satiety and a constant supply of clothing. Now that the kingdom of Christ has come, they have made efforts to allocate and distribute all their goods for the use of the poor. They allow themselves not huge outlays and sumptuous meals but moderate ones in keeping with the needs of the body, and they distribute the rest to the poor. Would that the bishops and popes of our time would desist from their display and luxury and not try to be like kings, as when abbots of monks have been made barons.4 In this way the whole kingdom of Christ will perish because of their arrogance, as they neglect the duties of their office and the works of love and withhold their goods from the use of the poor. But this is a disease common to all the ungodly, who are unworthy to come to the aid of the needs of the poor with their goods, because a good work above all requires the initiative and dignity of a person. For not all are worthy to share with the poor; meanwhile they abuse their gifts in a spiritual and a physical way. The godly indeed, satisfied with food and clothing and their lot, bless God and come to the aid of the other brethren. Note the example in the early church, and here the prophet says that they eat to satiety and are clothed “even to old age.” In Hebrew old age is that which endures a long time, longlasting. They partook of the common food and wore ordinary clothing and did not indulge to excess as our ungodly bishops do.

Luther’s Works Vol. 16
Lecture’s on Isaiah ch. 1-39
p. 185

Ante-Nicene Father Quote of the Day

This is one of the odder heresies I read about this morning:

After these there were not wanting a Marcus and a Colarbasus, composing a novel heresy out of the Greek alphabet. For they affirm that without those letters truth cannot be found; nay more, that in those letters the whole plenitude and perfection of truth is comprised; for this was why Christ said, “I am the Alpha and the Omega.” In fact, they say that Jesus Christ descended, that is, that the dove came down on Jesus; and, since the dove is styled by the Greek name περιστερά —(peristera), it has in itself this number DCCCI. These men run through their Ω, Ψ, Χ, Φ, Υ, Τ—through the whole alphabet, indeed, up to Α and Β—and compute ogdoads and decads.  So we may grant it useless and idle to recount all their trifles. What, however, must be allowed not merely vain, but likewise dangerous, is this:  they feign a second God, beside the Creator; they affirm that Christ was not in the substance of flesh; they say there is to be no resurrection of the flesh.

Schaff, Philip (2009-06-08). Ante-Nicene Fathers Volume 3 – Enhanced Version (Kindle Locations 41170-41181). Christian Classics Ethereal Library. Kindle Edition.

Tertullian

Appendix: Against All Heresies

Trans. by Rev. S. Thelwall

Ch. V Marcus and Colarbasus

Luther Quote of the Day

This is the way the prophets usually contemplate the connection between the earthly and the spiritual kingdom, as we do too when in our preaching we speak now of faith, now of sight. For this is a proper order, and therefore the prophets, proclaiming either threats or promises with reference to the bodily kingdom, in the second place keep the people of the earthly kingdom in a state of expectation for the coming spiritual kingdom. First comes what is physical, and then what is spiritual.

Luther’s Works Vol. 16
Lecture’s on Isaiah ch. 1-39
p. 117