Bullinger to Myconius- 18 April, 1534

At the end of a letter that Bullinger composed on the 18th of April, 1534, he remarks of Luther:

De Lutheri impudentia nuper libellis quibusdam de privata missa et in Erasmum scriptis (15) vehementer doleo. Video enim hunc hominem ecclesiae dei plus incommodaturum, quam profuerit unquam. Interim vero hunc omnibus in Europa doctis in evangelio praeferre non cessat Bucerus (16),miror, quo consilio. Oecolampadium, virum sanctissimum illum, praedecessore tuum, in istis furiosis rixis palam praedicat a sathana strangulatum periisse. Vide, quid monachus iste audeat. Erasmum prorsum Arrianis adnumerat (17) et convitiorum atque calumniarum plaustra in senem illum et de ecclesia et literis optime meritum effundit (18). Vide, obsecro, quantis in periculis versetur ecclesia, quantis quaciatur persequtionum et tentationum procellis. Dominus conservet nos in veritate (19). Iterum vale.

Luther could be a jerk.  Everyone knew it.  Even Luther.

15 Es handelt sich um Luthers «Von der Winkelmesse und Pfaffenweihe» 1533 (WA XXXVIII 171-256) und seinen Brief an Nikolaus von Amsdorf, um den 11. März 1534 (WA, Briefe VII 27-40), vgl. auch Anm. 17f.

16 Bucer verteidigte Luther in diesem Zusammenhang Bullinger gegenüber bereits am 9. April 1534, s. oben S. 121f, 15-46.

17 In der erwähnten Lutherschrift «Von der Winkelmesse und Pfaffenweihe» 1533 (WA XXXVIII 204, 26-28).

18 Erasmus von Luther als Arianer dargestellt: WA, Briefe VII 33,206-39,415; vgl. oben S. 109, Anm. 8.

19 Vgl. Joh 17, 17.

Would You Rather Wear Out or Rust Out?

The saints are like to iron, which by use is somewhat worn and diminished, but by lying still, unoccupied, is eaten more with rust and canker.  — Heinrich Bullinger

Quote of the Day

The fear of death is far more grievous [to some] than death can be.  -Bullinger

God Gives us Not Merely Necessities, but Pleasures to Enjoy

God has granted and given to man, not only the use of necessity,—I mean, the use of those things which we as men cannot be without,—but also doth allow him all moderate pleasures wherewithal to delight him. Let no man therefore make scruple of conscience in the sweet and pleasant use of earthly goods, as though with that sweet pleasure which he enjoins he sinned against God; but let him which makes conscience, make it rather in the just and lawful use of those terrestrial riches.  — Heinrich Bullinger

In Which Bullinger Blasts the Wealthy For Taking Advantage of the Poor

ZwingliBullingerDevotionalBook2Bullinger writes

You are mad and far beside yourself, if you wilt not stick, but still go on to paint your pride, and maintain a port with other men’s pence, and satisfy your lust in the bowels, blood, and sweat of poor men’s brows. Why do you not rather abase yourself to poverty, and use your unjust-gotten goods, as needy people use their alms? For you live off of that that should be the poor’s.  – Heinrich Bullinger


A Bit Of Bullinger to Cheer Us Up

bullinger2Reading Bullinger is always edifying.  Here’s a snippet from the great man from one of his letters1

Und warlichen so sind wir uss uns «von natur nüt anders dan kinder des zorns» [Eph 2,3], daruss aber gottes unergrüntliche barmherzigheit erglastet: «Dan wir nu uss genad selig werdend durch den glouben, und dasselb nitt uss uns, es ist gottes gab, nitt us den werchen, uff das sich neimandt [!] rüme» [Eph 2, 8f]. Die werch sind aber wir schuldig zuo thuon, ja die uns gott durch den glouben und schrifft leert, nitt selbs erdichte werch, die dan nie wol Sauli erschussend: 1. Reg. 15. [1 Sam 15,1 ff]. Solomon spricht darvon Proverb. 3: «Vertrüw dem herren uss gantzem dinem hertzen und verlass dich nitt uff din fürsichtigheit. In allen dinen wegen halt inn im hertzen, und er wirts wol machen» [Spr 3,5f].

We are not naturally good, we are naturally bad. Only the grace of God, imputed to us, makes up something other than we are. Absent the saving work of God in Christ, we remain bad and willfully so.
1BULLINGER AN MARX ROSEN Kappel, 5. Februar 1525, Abschrift 2 : Zürich StA, E II 441, 380-389

Quote of the Day

ZwingliBullingerDevotionalBook2It is not the least part of felicity or happiness in earth, to will that God wills; it is the greatest unhappiness, not to will that which God wills. — Heinrich Bullinger

Get It While The Gettin’s Good

Heinrich Bullinger on Prophecy and the Prophetic Office (1523-1538), by Daniël Timmerman, Regular Price: $94.00 / Special Offer Price: $76.00

Description: It has often been noted that the Protestant Reformation of the early sixteenth century witnessed a revived interest in the scriptural notions of prophets and prophecy. Drawing from both late medieval apocalyptic expectations of the immanent end of the world and from a humanist revival of biblical studies, the prophet appeared to many as a suitable role model for the Protestant preacher. A prominent proponent of this prophetic model was the Swiss theologian and church leader Heinrich Bullinger (1504-1575). This study by Daniël Timmerman presents the first in-depth investigation of Bullinger’s concept of prophecy and his understanding of the prophetic office. It also engages with the history of the Zurich institute for the study of the Scriptures, which has become widely known as the “Prophezei”.

Pre-Pub Remarks About “Through the Year With Zwingli and Bullinger”

ZwingliBullingerDevotionalBook2Patiently and skillfully compiled by Dr. Jim West, this booklet is the first ever attempt to have a collection of prayers and short texts of Huldrych Zwingli and Heinrich Bullinger as a tool to assist and deepen the prayer life in private and public worship throughout the whole year. It is a unique resource for unwrapping the riches of their teaching in simple, yet profound sentences. Nonetheless, at the end of the day, they are records of how the gospel has been rooted in the lives of the two reformers and as such provide to some extent models of how Christians can find words for their own prayers. The more that happens, the more the designed purpose of the booklet will be fulfilled. — Emidio Campi, professor emeritus of Church History and former director of the Institute of Swiss Reformation Studies, University of Zurich.

Reformed Spirituality is not an exercise in godly enthusiasm nor reserved for religious virtuosi. It is a Christ centered life, starting with a simple prayer every morning. We are thankful to Jim West for reminding us what the Fathers of Reformed Protestantism, Ulrich Zwingli and Heinrich Bullinger meant by “worshipping God in Spirit and Truth”.Peter Opitz, Professor für Kirchen- und Dogmengeschichte von der Reformationszeit bis zur Gegenwart, University of Zurich

You’ll be able to acquire a copy for yourself by Summer. DV.

Read Daniel Timmerman’s Very Well Written Volume

Titled Heinrich Bullinger: On Prophecy and the Prophetic Office (1523-1538).  Dan sent a copy which arrived the other day with a bookmark!

Thanks Daniel.  I love bookmarks and books.


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