The Glory Has Departed
Norma Boeckler, Artist in Residence
Bethany Lutheran Church.
Monday, October 24, 2011
AC V has left a new comment on your post "WELS Contradicts Itself on UOJ. WELS DP Buchholz C...":
This is bouncing around the blogosphere. Have you read it? Quotable Luther contra UOJ:
"Thus here, too, the evangelist did not intend that John or any other human being or any creature should be the light, but that there is only one light which illumines all men and that not a single human being could come upon the earth who could be illumined by anybody else. I do not know how to disagree with this interpretation; for in the same manner also St. Paul writes in Romans 5[:18]: 'As through one man’s sin condemnation has come over all men, so through one man’s righteousness justification has come over all men.' Yet not all men are justified through Christ, nevertheless he is the man through whom all justification comes. It is the same here. Even if not all men are illumined, yet this is the light from which alone all illumination comes. The evangelist has freely used this manner of speaking; he did not avoid it even though some would stumble over the fact that he speaks of all men. He thought he would take care of such offense by explaining before and after and by saying that 'the darkness has not comprehended it,' and that the world has never recognized him and his own have never accepted him. Such passages should have been strong enough so that nobody could say he had intended to say that all men are enlightened, but that he alone is the light which enlightens everybody and that, without him, nobody is enlightened." -
Martin Luther (1999). Vol. 52: Luther's works, vol. 52 : Sermons II (J. J. Pelikan, H. C. Oswald & H. T. Lehmann, Ed.). Luther's Works (71). Philadelphia: Fortress Press.
GJ - I have read and used many quotations like this one, but nothing has any effect on the UOJ Stormtroopers. They start and end with double-justification, the absolution of the world. It is easier to remember than the Four Noble Truths and the Sevenfold Path of Buddhism.
UOJ is simpler than Pentecostalism.