The Glory Has Departed
Norma Boeckler, Artist-in-Residence
Bethany Lutheran Worship on
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
"Meanwhile, God has never intended it to mean that it avails for justifying or for remitting sins without faith, through some sort of general remission of sins or justification, which is also supposedly done among those who never have faith, never had faith, or never will have faith. He who does not believe, says John the Baptist, will not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him (John 3). Therefore, regarding whose who never believe in the Son of God, from them also the wrath of God was never withdrawn (not even for a moment). However much the treasure of sins has been obtained for them and offered to them in the Gospel, nevertheless, it was never conferred on them through unbelief, nor was it ever received by them, since faith was lacking to them, which is the very organ for receiving the remission of sins."
Aegidius Hunnius, A Clear Explanation of the Controversy Among the Wittenberg Theologians Concerning Regeneration and Election, p. 60; Repristination Press, Malone, TX 2016, Trans., Paul A.Rydeki; Ed., Rachel K.Melvin.
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The other is from WELS's Meditations, March-May 2014, for Monday, 17 March 2014. The howler is in the second column which reads:
"No matter what you did yesterday -- or failed to do -- and no matter what you will do tomorrow, God has forgiven you."
Now, try saying that and putting in a sin from the second table of the Law. Were I to say, for example, that I committed adultery yesterday and I'm going to do it tomorrow, God has forgiven me. Somehow, that doesn't make sense. Nor would it were I to say "murder" or theft" or anything other sin, "big" or "little." I'm not sure if this is an example of UOJ or just the inability to think or perhaps a combination of both -- a "bifecta"? This is the pap that is peddled in Meditations -- and remember, this is the stuff that goes unfiltered into the homes of the unsuspecting.