Luther Laments the Increase of Godlessness…

“It’s a remarkable and very offensive thing that the world is constantly degenerating more and more, though the gospel has been preached often. Everybody interprets the spiritual liberty of Christ as if it were carnal pleasure. In external matters, therefore, the kingdom of Satan and the kingdom of the pope are best for the world, for the world wishes to be governed by laws, the lies of superstition, and tyranny and is only made worse by the doctrine of grace because it doesn’t believe that there is any future life after this one. This was demonstrated by the man who, when he was dying, set down his written will and testament in a letter in which nothing was read but these words: ‘As long as I could I robbed. Rob as long as you can!’ ” –  Martin Luther

Hard to imagine what he would say 500 years later….

The False Gospel of Obedient-less Faith

Any ‘gospel’ that promises salvation without obedience is a false gospel; and a denial of the Gospel.  Faith, where it lacks works, is no faith at all because it is dead.  And any promise of salvation based on such a dead faith is a lie.

God’s love truly is unmerited, but it is not unconditional.

Learning the Faith Through the Heidelberg Catechism- Part 2

Question 2. How many things are necessary for thee to know, that thou, enjoying this comfort, mayest live and die happily?

Answer: Three; (a) the first, how great my sins and miseries are; (b) the second, how I may be delivered from all my sins and miseries; (c) the third, how I shall express my gratitude to God for such deliverance. (d)

(a) Matt.11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matt.11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. Matt.11:30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Luke 24:46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: Luke 24:47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. Luke 24:48 And ye are witnesses of these things. 1 Cor.6:11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. Tit.3:3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. Tit.3:4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Tit.3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Tit.3:6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; Tit.3:7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. (b) John 9:41 Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth. John 15:22 If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin. (c) John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Acts 10:43 To him (Jesus) give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins. (d) Eph.5:8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: Eph.5:9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Eph.5:10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. Eph.5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. 1 Pet.2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 1 Pet.2:10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. Rom.6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? Rom.6:2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Rom.6:12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Rom.6:13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

She Wasn’t A Virtuous Woman

On December 3d, Myconius writes Zwingli that his friends in Zurich were many, but that he was adversely criticised because he was so fond of music, and because he was so given to worldly pleasures. Myconius had not found it difficult to silence these objections. But another was more serious, viz., the story that he had been guilty of a foul wrong to the daughter of a prominent citizen of Einsiedeln, and Myconius implores Zwingli to give the lying tale prompt and emphatic denial.

Whether he wrote to Myconius on the subject is unknown, but he did write to Canon Utinger, who was apparently the leading man of the advocates of Zwingli in the cathedral chapter, and with this chapter the choice rested. The letter in its tone shows that Zwingli was at the time far from being a saint, that he was leading an unchaste life without any appreciation of its guilt, and that he was only anxious that his chances of election should not be injured by the report. As for the report itself, he exposes its entire falsity. His disclaimer was at once accepted as satisfactory, and when the election was held, on Saturday, December 11th, he was the choice of the chapter by a vote of 17 to 7.*

Below is the letter Zwingli wrote to Utinger:

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*Huldreich Zwingli: The Reformer of German Switzerland (1484–1531) (pp. 118–119).