Friday, February 25, 2011

Luther: taking the Scriptures literally

Friday, February 25, 2011
    For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God.
    —Acts 20:27 (NIV)
    There is, however, very much to be said for my opinion; in the first place this—that no violence ought to be done to the words of God, neither by man, nor by angel, but that, as far as possible, they ought to be kept to their simplest meaning, and not to be taken, unless the circumstances manifestly compel us to do so, out of their grammatical and proper signification, that we may not give our adversaries any opportunity of evading the teaching of the whole Scriptures.
    ... Martin Luther (1483-1546), The Babylonian Captivity of the Church [1520], 2.25 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, may Your word come to Your people as You intended.
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