From the Confessions: The Defense of the Augsburg Confession
Concerning Love and the Fulfilling of the Law
These things are so simple, so evident that we marvel that the rage of the adversaries is so great as to call them into doubt. The proof is manifest, that since we are justified before God by the promise instead of the law, it is necessary to ascribe justification to faith. What argument can oppose this proof, unless some one wishes to altogether abolish the gospel and Christ?
Pulling It Together: Sometimes, even the simplest things are spun into complexities, the clearest teaching of Christ turned to sophistry, the clarity of orthodoxy twisted to heresy. This usually happens when something other than God’s Word becomes one’s authority. When feelings, tradition, religion, or culture are allowed to interpret Scripture, the strangest interpretations result. But when Scripture is our authoritative word, we stay truer to God’s will. So, let us bring the Word of God to bear on Scripture, allowing Scripture to interpret itself. For whenever some other sensibility begins to hold sway over the Word—whether personal feelings or the infamous saying, “We’ve never done it that way before”—we may be sure that we are about to lead ourselves astray.
Prayer: Help me listen, Lord, and truly hear your Word. Amen.
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