Wednesday, December 14, 2011

"Stubbornly Abiding in the Word" because sola scriptura means exactly that

I discovered this quote by C.F.W. Walther on a discussion thread at The Brothers of John The Steadfast.  Reverend Clint Poppe quoted Walther in regards to a conversation currently being discussed on The Brothers of John The Steadfast.  He introduced the quote by emphasizing the need to "stand up for the Truth of God's Word and for the very soul of true Lutheranism."

“Now someone might get the idea that, in that case, it would be better if there were no Lutheran church. Then we could let people in their simplicity and ignorance and they would still not lose their salvation. But thank God that we do have the Lutheran Church to which we can cling, because: (1) False doctrine always keeps on spreading, imbeds itself ever more deeply in the heart, and in the end can cause us to forfeit our salvation in that the error ensnares us more and more. False doctrine is a poison that gradually permeates the entire body of the person who does not cleanse and purify himself of it. (2) How good it is that our Lutheran church stands there with its purity of doctrine, stubbornly abiding in the Word, and raising its voice like a trumpet! That intimidates the sects and enthusiasts, warning them not to go further with their erroneous ideas. Oh, how many Methodists will thank us Lutherans in heaven for always confronting their enthusiastic ideas with the Word of God and chiding them; thereby at least accomplishing this much, that we kept them from sinking deeper and deeper into them! Truly, next to gathering in the individual lost souls around the truth, the primary purpose of the Lutheran Church is to keep on raising the voice of its testimony. Whoever wishes to be a true disciple of Jesus must abide in His Word.”  - CFW Walther, Essays for the Church, Volume I, 133 (True Visible Church on Earth)
Unfortunately, many ignore the dangers of false doctrine, false prophets and false teachings.  Fortunately, God's Word warns, informs and encourages us to flee from these lies and liars.  Fortunately, God's grace through Christ cleanses us from our sin and makes us right with our Creator.