You took this out of context... Here is the complete saying of the above quote... "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"
You are concerned with the truth... and so am I... I just feel that this saying of Luther is taken completely out of the context in which it was said.... Thank you
I fail to see that the quote is completely out of context, but regardless I wonder what you think about some other interesting quotes from Martin Luther:
- "Sin cannot tear you away from him [Christ], even though you commit adultery a hundred times a day and commit as many murders."
- "An earthly kingdom cannot exist without inequality of persons. Some must be free, some serfs, some rulers, some subjects."
- "I maintain that some Jew wrote it [the Book of James] who probably heard about Christian people but never encountered any."
- "Idiots, the lame, the blind, the dumb, are men in whom the devils have established themselves: and all the physicians who heal these infirmities, as though they proceeded from natural causes, are ignorant blockheads...."
- "Many sweat to reconcile St. Paul and St. James, but in vain. 'Faith justifies' and 'faith does not justify' contradict each other flatly. If any one can harmonize them I will give him my doctor's hood and let him call me a fool."
- "We are at fault for not slaying them [the Jews]."
- "We should throw the Epistle of James out of this school [the University of Wittenberg]....
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