The Glory Has Departed
Norma Boeckler, Artist-in-Residence
Bethany Lutheran Worship on
Thursday, June 9, 2011
"Of Repentance they teach that for those who have fallen after Baptism there is remission of sins whenever they are converted; and that the Church ought to impart absolution to those thus returning to repentance. Now, repentance consists properly of these two parts: One is contrition, that is, terrors smiting the conscience through the knowledge of sin; the other is faith, which is born of the Gospel, or of absolution, and believes that, for Christ's sake, sins are forgiven, comforts the conscience, and delivers it from terrors. Then good works are bound to follow, which are the fruits of repentance."
Augsburg Confession, Article XII. Repentance. Concordia Triglotta, St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1921, p. 49. Tappert, p. 34f. Heiser, p. 13.
Medium Rare observed:
"If I ask most any pastor, "Just what is blasphemy of the Holy Spirit?" I expect the answer would be unbelief.
UOJs deny God the Holy Spirit in their denial of Justification by Faith. They deny that Holy God, the Word and Sacrament are creating or birthing, and sustaining eternal life of souls. That is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.
UOJ is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit."