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Luther’s “Doctrine of Demons” (1Tim-4:1)

   Posted by: Caleb Motupalli    in Christian Life

Martin Luther

Bk Singh correctly said:

Paul’s such categorically paradoxical statements, in the excitement of battle with Peter, belittles the requirement of a righteous living in order to earn divine forgiveness. These declarations of Eph2:8-9NKJV by Paul are absolutely arbitrary which for Luther became, “Sin hard, but believe harder!”

In support of what is clearly a Licence to Sin (Jude 1:4NIV), the “Doctrine of Demons” (1Tim4:1NKJV),
Ampat Varghese offers citations from Luther’s Works itself:

“If you are a preacher of Grace, then preach a true, not a fictitious grace; if grace is true, you must bear a true and not a fictitious sin. God does not save people who are only fictitious sinners. Be a sinner and sin boldly, but believe and rejoice in Christ even more boldly. For he is victorious over sin, death, and the world. As long as we are here we have to sin. This life in not the dwelling place of righteousness but, as Peter says, we look for a new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. . . . Pray boldly-you too are a mighty sinner.” (Weimar ed. vol. 2, p. 371; Letters I, “Luther’s Works,” American Ed., Vol 48. p. 281- 282, emphasis added)

13. If you are a preacher of mercy, do not preach an imaginary but the true mercy. If the mercy is true, you must therefore bear the true, not an imaginary sin. God does not save those who are only imaginary sinners. Be a sinner, and let your sins be strong, but let your trust in Christ be stronger, and rejoice in Christ who is the victor over sin, death, and the world. We will commit sins while we are here, for this life is not a place where justice resides. We, however, says Peter (2. Peter 3:13) are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth where justice will reign. It suffices that through God’s glory we have recognized the Lamb who takes away the sin of the world. No sin can separate us from Him, even if we were to kill or commit adultery thousands of times each day. Do you think such an exalted Lamb paid merely a small price with a meager sacrifice for our sins? Pray hard for you are quite a sinner.

On the day of the Feast of St. Peter the Apostle, 1521

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