We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum. A.W. Tozer
Therefore let God-inspired Scripture decide between us; and on whichever side be found doctrines in harmony with the word of God, in favor of that side will be cast the vote of truth. --Basil of Caesarea
Once you learn to discern, there's no going back. You will begin to spot the lie everywhere it appears.

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service. 1 Timothy 1:12

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Discernment Thoughts from Martin Luther

This is our foundation:  where the Holy Scripture establishes something that must be believed, there we must not deviate from the words, as they sound, neither from the order as it stands, unless an express article of faith (based on clear Scripture passages) compels us to interpret the words otherwise, or arrange them differently.  Else what would become of the Bible?
Martin Luther (cited by Dick Fischer in The Origins Solution, p. 96)
In philosophy a small error in the beginning leads to a very large error at the end.  So in theology a small error overturns the whole doctrine.
Martin Luther (cited by Jean S. Carton in Who Broke the Baby, p.45)

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