Monday, December 28, 2020

Luther: the origins of scriptural authority

Monday, December 28, 2020
    Feast of the Holy Innocents
    But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!
    —Galatians 1:8-9 (NIV)
    Christ is the Master; the Scriptures are only the servant. The true way to test all the Books is to see whether they work the will of Christ or not. No Book which does not preach Christ can be apostolic, though Peter or Paul were its author. And no Book which does preach Christ can fail to be apostolic, although Judas, Ananias, Pilate, or Herod were its author.
    ... Martin Luther (1483-1546), quoted in The Religions of Authority and the Religion of the Spirit, Auguste Sabatier, London: Williams & Norgate, 1904, p. 158 (see the book)
    See also Gal. 1:8-9; John 1:1-5; 1 Cor. 2:2; 15:3; 1 Thess. 2:13; 2 Tim. 3:14-17
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You are the origin of all truth and authority.
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