The Word Is Better than the Sacrament

English: Photo by User:Adam Carr, May 2006

Luther wrote the Bohemians

The proper way to honor the Word is to fix it in your heart. The heart is its real gilded ciborium. You accord the Word more precious honor with your heart, than if you were to build a ciborium for the sacrament out of pure gold or the most costly jewels. For it is certainly true that you can have life, righteousness, and salvation without the sacrament, but you cannot have life, righteousness, and salvation without the Word, even though you were to receive the sacrament not only three times a day (as the priests do at Christmas) but even three times an hour.*

Take that, worshipers of a crust of bread and a dribble of grape.
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*Luther’s works, vol. 36: Word and Sacrament II, p. 278.

Author: Jim

I am a Pastor, and Lecturer in Church History and Biblical Studies at Ming Hua Theological College.

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