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“The reason young people will not listen to us is not because they have seen a Christianity that is so faithful it is out of step with the culture. It’s because they have seen a Christianity that they believe to be a fraud.” — Russell Moore
Via Richard ‘the Boatman’ Goode.
“If you live in such a manner as to stand the test of the last judgment, you can depend upon it that the world will not speak well of you.” — Alistair Begg
The children of God have all the afflictions. The ungodly children of Satan enjoy the highest state of well-being. Everything seems the opposite of what it should be. The godly are maltreated, the ungodly receive gifts. In this vein the flesh blasphemes the work of God. So today we see our word and God’s Word to be futile, everything seems exactly the opposite of what it should be, and then we see God’s work to be unjust.
So God and Satan weary us with masks and external spirits so that we are led to believe that what is of God is Satan, and what is Satan is of God, and then we say in our heart, “I wish I had never been born.” All of us must experience this mood.
All the godly have felt this mood together with Christ, who cried on the cross (Matt. 27:46), “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?” or with Jeremiah, who said (Jer. 20:14), “Cursed be the day on which I was born!”*
Yeah that hit the spot…
* Martin Luther, Luther’s Works, Vol. 17: Lectures on Isaiah: Chapters 40-66, pp. 127–128.
This review lists public social media posts from Members of the U.S. House of Representatives who were sworn-in to office in January 2021 and who voted to overturn the 2020 presidential election.
Give it a read.
The thing that stands out is how complicit many of these people were in the insurrection.
Or, you can get rid of it by publicly, loudly, and roundly denouncing it. Your choice.
“When early Christian bishops were made of gold, their crosses were made of wood. But bishops became like wood when their crosses appeared as gold. The more that there was simplicity in the administration of the Word of God and the sacraments, the more that pastors were small and humble in the eyes of the world, and the church had fewer troubles. And who can dare to despise poverty in a faithful servant of God in the presence of the prophets, apostles, confessors and martyrs, and Jesus Christ himself—who were all poor?” —Simon Goulart
That was the day Martin Luther’s Latin works were published in a collection, with a foreword by Luther himself. Writes he
For a long time I strenuously resisted those who wanted my books, or more correctly my confused lucubrations, published. I did not want the labors of the ancients to be buried by my new works and the reader kept from reading them. Then, too, by God’s grace a great many systematic books now exist, among which the Loci communes of Philip excel, with which a theologian and a bishop can be beautifully and abundantly prepared to be mighty in preaching the doctrine of piety, especially since the Holy Bible itself can now be had in nearly every language. But my books, as it happened, yes, as the lack of order in which the events transpired made it necessary, are accordingly crude and disordered chaos, which is now not easy to arrange even for me.
Persuaded by these reasons, I wished that all my books were buried in perpetual oblivion, so that there might be room for better ones. But the boldness and bothersome perseverance of others daily filled my ears with complaints that it would come to pass, that if I did not permit their publication in my lifetime, men wholly ignorant of the causes and the time of the events would nevertheless most certainly publish them, and so out of one confusion many would arise. Their boldness, I say, prevailed and so I permitted them to be published. At the same time the wish and command of our most illustrious Prince, Elector, etc., John Frederick was added. He commanded, yes, compelled the printers not only to print, but to speed up the publication.
He continues on towards the end of a lengthy description of how he came to understand the papacy as a tool of Satan,
I relate these things, good reader, so that, if you are a reader of my puny works, you may keep in mind, that, as I said above, I was all alone and one of those who, as Augustine says of himself, have become proficient by writing and teaching.
I was not one of those who from nothing suddenly become the topmost, though they are nothing, neither have labored, nor been tempted, nor become experienced, but have with one look at the Scriptures exhausted their entire spirit.
It almost sounds like he’s talking about certain journalists these days, doesn’t it? In any event, he concludes
Farewell in the Lord, reader, and pray for the growth of the Word against Satan. Strong and evil, now also very furious and savage, he knows his time is short and the kingdom of his pope is in danger. But may God confirm in us what he has accomplished and perfect his work which he began in us, to his glory, Amen. March 5, in the year 1545.
On the twitter-
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The Power Of #Handwashing: 🧼Teacher asked several kids with various levels of hand #cleanliness to touch 5 pieces of white bread that were taken from the same loaf, at the same time 🧼Then, they put the bread in individual plastic bags to observe what would happen over 1 month.
The Law of Yahweh is perfect, refreshment to the soul; the decree of Yahweh is trustworthy, wisdom for the simple. The precepts of Yahweh are honest, joy for the heart; the commandment of Yahweh is pure, light for the eyes. The fear of Yahweh is pure, lasting for ever; the judgements of Yahweh are true, upright, every one, more desirable than gold, even than the finest gold; his words are sweeter than honey, that drips from the comb. Thus your servant is formed by them; observing them brings great reward. But who can detect his own failings? Wash away my hidden faults. And from pride preserve your servant, never let it be my master. So shall I be above reproach, free from grave sin. May the words of my mouth always find favour, and the whispering of my heart, in your presence, Yahweh, my rock, my redeemer. (Ps. 19:7-14)
But what do I care if they rage or rave? I shall not prevent them from translating as they please. However I shall translate too, not as they please but as I please. Whoever does not like it can just leave it alone and keep his criticism to himself, for I shall neither look at nor listen to it. They do not have to answer for my translation, nor bear any responsibility for it. Listen well to this! I shall say “gracious [holdselige] Mary,” and “dear [liebe] Mary,” and let them say “Mary full of grace [volgnaden].” Whoever knows German knows very well what a fine, expressive [hertzlich] word that word liebe is: the dear Mary, the dear God, the dear emperor, the dear prince, the dear man, the dear child. I do not know whether this word liebe can be said in Latin or other languages with such fulness of sentiment, so that it pierces and rings through the heart, through all the senses, as it does in our language.*
Luther’s letter really is pungently brilliant from beginning to end. Every biblical scholar and theologian should read it. No, should have read it. His reasons for translating- encased within his vitriol- are invaluable. And you’ll learn 5000 times more from three pages of Luther than you will from 50,000 pages of NT Wright.
*M. Luther, Luther’s works, vol. 35: Word and Sacrament I, p. 192.
Please give these asses no other and no further answer to their useless braying about the word sola than simply this, “Luther will have it so, and says that he is a doctor above all the doctors of the whole papacy.” It shall stay at that! Henceforth I shall simply hold them in contempt, and have them held in contempt, so long as they are the kind of people—I should say, asses—that they are. There are shameless nincompoops among them who have never learned their own art of sophistry—like Dr. Schmidt and Doctor Snotty-Nose, and their likes—and who set themselves against me in this matter, which transcends not only sophistry, but (as St. Paul says [I Cor. 1:19–25]), all the world’s wisdom and understanding as well. Truly an ass need not sing much; he is already well known anyway by his ears.*
So, go right on with your bad self and annoy Luther with criticism of his scholarship. You won’t be very happy that you’ve done so in the end.
*M. Luther, Luther’s works, vol. 35: Word and Sacrament I, p. 187.
The rich have no sense of justice.— Yiddish proverb
Proving that the GOP has always been shady.