Heinrich Bullinger writes
Some there are which affirm and uphold the fasts of Lent, and embering days, and such other, to be the fasts which God has appointed. There are that say, you have not fasted, if by any means you taste any flesh: and there are which prescribe and appoint some certain hours to fast in.
But I, for my part, see not any such doctrines to be taught us in the scriptures. … Moreover, the Lord in the gospel teaches that the thing which enters in by the mouth does not defile the man, but that which issues out from his heart, “To the pure are all things pure.” And Paul says: “I know, and am persuaded through the Lord Jesus Christ, that nothing is common of itself; but to him that thinketh that any thing is common, to him is it common.” Again: “Let not him which eateth despise him which eateth not; nor let him which eateth not judge him which eateth”.
Lent: it’s not required. It’s optional.
Truly he is unworthy of the ministry, that is not ordained against his will. — Heinrich Bullinger
Godly ministers and faithful pastors shall be vexed with all kinds of afflictions and persecutions. Yet the Scriptures nevertheless do witness evidently, that the ministry shall never be utterly oppressed, but that the ministers shall continually have the victory, yea, even when they are slain. For the Lord always gives ministers to his church, who, though they be tried as gold is in the fire, yet they overcome through him who has overcome the world and the prince of the world. — Heinrich Bullinger
Bullinger had a way with words…
Sin is of most men taken for error; for that, I mean, whereby we do not only err from the thing which is true, right, just and good, but do also follow and decline to that which is naught. The Latins derive their word peccatum, sin, of pellicatus, whore-hunting; which is a fault of wedded people that are corrupted with the spirit of fornication, as when men prefer harlots before their lawful wives. — Heinrich Bullinger
Reading the Reformers would make modern theologians better writers. As things stand, though, too many are dull as drying paint. Even Barth was a livelier writer than our moderns.
Beggars commit sacrilege, who abuse the name of Christ, and make their poverty a cloak to keep them idle still. The apostle commands Timothy not to cherish such idle hypocrites and wandering vagabonds with the alms and expenses of the church goods. – Heinrich Bullinger
Via the excellent IRG blog this news-
Band 17 des Briefwechsels von Heinrich Bullinger mit 152 Briefen von Juni bis September 1546 ist im Druck / Forthcoming: Bullinger Correspondence vol. 17 with 152 letters from June until September 1546, offering a plethora of unknown details about the Schmalkaldic War, particularly concerning the role of the Swiss Confederation: Heinrich Bullinger. Briefwechsel. Bd. 17: Briefe von Juni bis September 1546, bearb. von Reinhard Bodenmann, Alexandra Kess und Judith Steiniger, Zürich: TVZ, 2015. 547 S. ISBN 978–3–290–17782–9
Arriving in the mail today is this fantastic volume – Heinrich Bullinger: Kommentare zu den neutestamentlichen Briefen- 1–2Thess – 1–2 Tim – Tit – Phlm, hg. von Christian Moser, Luca Baschera
Im Geist der Reformation verstand Heinrich Bullinger Theologie in erster Linie als Auslegung der Heiligen Schrift. Mit diesem Band – dem achten in der Reihe seiner Theologischen Schriften – wird die Edition seiner Kommentare zu den neutestamentlichen Briefen fortgesetzt. Darin enthalten sind die Auslegungen zu den Briefen an die Thessalonicher, an Timotheus, Titus und Philemon. Die Texte werden anhand der Erstauflage sowie der ersten Gesamtausgabe der Kommentare Bullingers zu den neutestamentlichen Briefen (1537) historisch-kritisch ediert und durch eine Einleitung und insgesamt vier Register (Bibelstellen, Quellen, Personen und Orte) erschlossen.
I’m looking forward to diving in. Which I will do in the next weeks. Stay tuned.
We love this book. Love it. LOVE IT. Never in the history of Christianity has a book so profound been made available to the masses for a price so reasonable. Reading it is a theological education in a single volume which contains everything necessary for both salvation and proper doctrine.
Were we more excited about it we would resemble tiny puppies laying on their backs getting their bellies rubbed and wetting themselves. That’s how excited we are about this book. – H.B., H.Z.
Wow. I’m super humbled and super honored. First a video recommendation yesterday and now this. I just don’t know what to say.
The book is available from the publisher via print on demand, here
Yesterday (September 26), (writes Haller of Berne, to Bullinger of Zürich) we received the documents in the case of Servetus, and have since been studying them in view of our reply. But we should like to know what your answer is before we send ours. We therefore entreat you immediately to inform us of its tenor. Yet wherefore so much ado! the man is a heretic, and the Church must get rid of him. Let me, however, I beseech you, speedily know the conclusion you have come to.
Bullinger, of all the theologians in Switzerland, was the most important until the day of his death.