Saturday, July 9, 2011

FW: The Wicked Game False Teachers Play



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Posted on: Saturday, July 09, 2011 4:26 AM
Author: Paul T. McCain
Subject: The Wicked Game False Teachers Play


"It is a very common subterfuge of those who do not want to accept any single doctrine of the divine Word, that they first ascribe it to a person and then, under his name, reject it as a human doctrine. They act in no other way than as if they also certainly believed the Word of Scripture, but they are only loudly objecting against submitting to the authority of a person who is prone to error, and having to accept a human, uncertain interpretation. Through such a maneuver they hope to mislead others, who might notice that they do not unconditionally submit to the Word of God. So, for example, many now are saying nothing honorable since in their hearts they regard Christ as either a liar or a thoughtless babbler when he says: "This is my body, this is my blood." But rather, in order to be allowed to not believe Christ, and to be able yet to retain their honor amongst Christians, they say: "Oh, we are not one of those Old Lutherans! We stick with the Bible! Those symbolical books were also written by men!" When they've said that, they think they must be excused by everyone for rejecting what Christ's Words say. Will God also accept their excuse "Oh, I'm not an Old Lutheran"? "

C.F.W. Walther
Der Lutheraner
Volume 2, Number 11
January 1846, pg. 42-43
Translated by Joel Baseley

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