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Constantine the Damned, the Puritans, and the Culture Wars

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When the servant of Hell baptized pagan Rome, pagan Rome remained pagan.  Baptizing pagans only makes for wet, damned, pagans.  But these wet damned pagans took up their alloted spaces in the Church hierarchy and from thence the Church was little more than a slave of the State.  “Instead of the Church going into the world, the world came into the church” (von Harnack).

Centuries pass and the Puritans attempt to purify the Church but they lose the culture war because they still had to do with wet, damned, pagans.

And so we come to today when too many still view the Church as something with which the world is at peace and which should itself be at peace with the world.  Nothing, of course, could be further from the truth but the sad fact remains, the Church is still heavily comprised of wet, damned, pagans who are as unregenerate as their neighbors and, accordingly, more than happy to side with the world against the Truth.

In other words, the modern culture wars are a farce.  Christians have always known that if you change the heart, (which only the Spirit can effect), laws will follow.  But if you attempt to legislate morality you’re simply striving to make an unredeemed sow’s ear into a Christian purse.

It’s time for Christians to realize that they are a minority in a dangerous, hostile, and unredeemed environment and that they need to act accordingly – and leave the damned, wet, pagans to their pretended ‘faith’.

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July 3, 2015 at 11:12

Luthers Meisterwerk – Eine Bibelübersetzung macht Karriere

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978-3-525-77014-6Die Bibel ist zentral für den Religionsunterricht. Insbesondere die Übersetzung Martin Luthers zeichnet sich bis heute durch eine starke Präsenz in Theologie und deutscher Sprache aus. Umfassendes Material rund um jenes „Meisterwerk“ bietet Ihnen das Themenheft für die Sek I

Dieses hat vier Ziele: Die Schülerinnen und Schüler lernen den biografischen und zeitgeschichtlichen Kontext von Luther und seiner Übersetzung kennen. Sie erkennen, dass das Übersetzen eine andauernde hermeneutische Aufgabe darstellt. Sie entdecken Sprachschöpfungen Luthers in ihrer Lebenswelt. Sie diskutieren die Reformation als eine Medienrevolution mit all ihren Licht- und Schattenseiten. – Immer mit Bezug zur Wirklichkeit der Jugendlichen!

Sounds excellent!

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July 1, 2015 at 14:03

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Bumper Stickers: An Observation

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Political slogans might fit on bumper stickers, because they are necessarily shallow and meaningless.  But theology confined to a few words is neither useful nor true.    Our ‘soundbite driven culture’s wishes’ for imprecision and inaccuracy notwithstanding.

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June 29, 2015 at 14:04

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Sin is idolatry, that is, creature worship. This is St. Paul’s definition in Rom. 1:25: “Men worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator.” All forms and aspects of sin are reducible to this. And this is the inclining of the human will to self as the ultimate end, because self is the particular creature in which selfishness is most interested. All other creatures are subordinate and subservient to this one. This idolatry is both freedom and bondage: “Whosoever commits sin is the slave of sin” (John 8:34); “of whom a man is [voluntarily] overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage” (2 Pet. 2:19).

This sin is freedom because it is the uncompelled self-motion of the will; it is bondage because the will is unable to reverse its self-motion. Man is responsible and guilty for this creature worship because he originates and perpetuates it by self-determination; and he is helpless and ruined by it because he cannot overcome and extirpate his central self-determination by his superficial volitions and resolutions.  — W.G.T. Shedd,

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June 28, 2015 at 22:43

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Zwingli on the Death Sin Brings, and the Slavery

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Zwinglidenkmal_EinweihungIn John 8:34, Christ says: “Everyone that committeth sin is the bond-servant of sin.” Adam sinned. Therefore he became the slave of sin.

Paul, writing to the Romans, puts it thus, Rom. 6:16: “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves as servants to obey, his servants ye are whom ye obey?” Adam yielded himself to sin, for if he had not yielded himself, he never would have touched the forbidden fruit. Therefore he became its servant and slave. For unless, resolved to make himself like God, skilled in the knowledge of good and evil, he had first yielded himself to the counsel of the Devil, he would have had such a repugnance to the fruit that he would not have deigned to look at it.

Our first parent, then—not to go on offering kindly excuses—willingly and gladly yielded himself to the servitude of sin. Now, by virtue of his condition, a slave neither can nor ought to listen to anyone but the master to whom he has bound himself. Man, therefore, meditates the sin which his master orders.

But there is sin the moment man, disregarding the law of the Creator, has preferred to follow himself, rather than the standard of his Leader and Lord. He is the slave, I was saying, of him to whom he has gone over. But he has gone over to himself, abandoning the love of God through love of self. He is, therefore, his own slave: he loves himself more than God, more than anyone even. And this, at last, is to be dead, this is the death that is sin, this is the character of corrupted and fallen man.

Bravo, dear Huldrych.  Bravo.

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June 28, 2015 at 22:33

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Just For No Particular Reason: Pride Is Sometimes Quite Inappropriate

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It is widely reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and the kind of sexual immorality that is not even tolerated among the Gentiles– a man is living with his father’s wife.  And you are inflated with pride, instead of filled with grief so that he who has committed this act might be removed from your congregation. For though I am absent in body but present in spirit, I have already decided about the one who has done this thing as though I were present. When you are assembled in the name of our Lord Jesus with my spirit and with the power of our Lord Jesus, turn that one over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the Day of the Lord. Your boasting is not good. Don’t you know that a little yeast permeates the whole batch of dough?  Clean out the old yeast so that you may be a new batch. (1 Cor. 5:1-7)

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June 27, 2015 at 18:36

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The ‘Official’ Wedding of Luther

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luther_weddingWhen Martin and Katie Luther were married on June 13, it was a small, private ceremony. Even their closest relatives were unable to attend.

The newlyweds soon were ready to celebrate with their extended group of friends and family. On June 27, they held a more formal celebration which followed many of the customs of the day.

Martin and Katie started their day with an elaborate procession from the Black Cloister to the front of the church doors at the Wittenberg city church, St. Mary’s. Here they had their vows consecrated in front of the crowd which had gathered there as public witnesses. Another grand procession took them back across town where the “Wedding Breakfast” (Frühmahl) was held at the Black Cloister. The city council donated a barrel of Eimbeck beer and 6 tankards of Frankonian wine for the occasion.

After the wedding breakfast the newlyweds and their invited guests returned to the town square for a traditional wedding dance. Then, toward early evening, they retired to the Black Cloister for an evening meal.

Guests of honor at this event were Martin’s parents, Hans and Margaret. Martin invited the Mansfeld city councilmen Johannes Rühl, Johann Thür, and Caspar Müller to escort his elderly parents on their journey. Other guests included George Spalatin, Marshall Johann von Doltzig, Wenceslaus Link, Nicolaus von Amsdorf, and Phillip Melanchthon. Finally, Leonhard Koppe, who had been so instrumental in helping Katie and other nuns escape from the convent was invited as well as his wife Audi. They were also asked to bring Master Gabriel Zwilling along with them since Zwilling had helped Koppe escort Katie and her fellow convent escapees from Torgau to Wittenberg. The city council and University would also have sent official representatives to congratulate the couple.

The picture is entitled “Wedding Dance” by Martin van Cleve, from about 1566.  – Rebecca DeGarmeaux

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June 27, 2015 at 09:23


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