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Luther on Antinomians

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  • Jerry
    Martin the just shall live by faith Luther wrote concerning the Antinomians (who were teaching that the 10 commandments were not the rule for the believer),
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 30, 2002
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      Martin "the just shall live by faith" Luther wrote concerning the
      Antinomians (who were teaching that the 10 commandments were not the
      rule for the believer),

      "For they, rejecting and not understanding the Ten Commandments,
      preach much about the grace of Christ instead. They strengthen and
      comfort those who remain in sins, telling them that they shall not
      fear sins or be terrified at them, since through Christ, these are
      all done away; and yet they see people going on, and let them go on,
      in open sins, without any renewal or improvement of their lives. From
      this one observes that they really do not understand the faith and
      Christ aright, and abolish Him even as they preach Him. For how can a
      man preach rightly about the works of the Holy Ghost in the First
      Table and speak about comfort, grace, forgiveness of sins, if he
      neither heeds nor practices the works of the Holy Ghost in the Second
      Table, which he can understand and experience, while he has never
      attempted or experienced those of the First Table? Therefore it is
      certain that they neither have nor understand either Christ or the
      Holy Ghost, and their talk is mere foam on their tongues, and they
      are, as has been said, good Nestorians and Eutychians, who confess or
      teach Christ in the premise and deny Him in the conclusion, or
      idiomata; that is, they teach Christ and destroy Him by teaching Him."

      gmw.
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