Friday, July 13, 2012

A Voice from the Past - Luther

If he that is above is pleased, what can the world do to me? And I lump them all together: the wise, the powerful, and the hypocrites. It is our confidence, no matter how much the world may boast, that God has qualified us to be ministers, and, secondly, that it is not only pleasing to the heart of God but also that we shall not preach in vain and that this ministry will lift to heaven some few who receive the Word.

Martin Luther, 1483-1546, Sermon on the Twelfth Sunday After Trinity, 1531 (Luther's Works, Volume 51, Sermons I, Helmut T. Lehmann, edited and translated by John W, Doberstein, Muhlenberg Press, 1959, p. 223)

Is this the correct attitude? What are the implications, one way or the other?

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