Another Hinge on the Door of the Reformation

The Bondage of the Will

-Martin Luther-

“So it is not irreligious, idle, or superfluous, but in the highest degree wholesome and necessary, for a Christian to know whether or not his will has anything to do in matters pertaining to salvation.  Indeed, let me tell you, this is the hinge on which our discussion turns, the crucial issue between us; our aim is, simply, to investigate what ability ‘free-will’ has, in what respect it is the subject of Divine action and how it stands related to the grace of God.  If we know nothing of these things, we shall know nothing whatsoever of Christianity, and shall be in worse case than any people on earth!  He who dissents from that statement should acknowledge that he is no Christian; and he who ridicules or derides it should realize that he is the Christian’s chief foe.  For if I am ignorant of the nature, extent and limits of what I can and must do with reference to God, I shall be equally ignorant and uncertain of the nature, extent and limits of what God can and will do in me- though God, in fact, works all in all (cf. 1 Cor 12:6).  Now, if I am ignorant of God’s work and power, I am ignorant of God himself; and if I do not know God, I cannot worship, praise, give thanks or serve Him, for I do not know how much I should attribute to myself and how much to Him.”

2 Comments

  1. Daniel Carr February 7, 2012 at 8:21 pm #

    Is there a typo in the last sentence? It looks like it should read, “I do NOT know how much I should attribute…”

    • Austin Brown February 7, 2012 at 10:54 pm #

      Ah, yes, thank you! A very naughty typo indeed. Erasmus be gone 🙂

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