Forde Quote

I do love myself some Gehard Forde…

God does not come to us because we are free and responsible.  He comes all the way to us because we are not and he intends to make us so.  He comes to set us free and to give us that destiny which he himself has planned for us as his creatures.  He comes to set us free form our bondage, our illusions, dreams, and fictions, our enslavement to our own ideals, to the law.  He comes to give us the freedom to live, to bring forth life out of death.”

Gerhard Forde “Justification by Faith: A Matter of Death and Life

Forde on “Post-Reformation Lutheranism” (and I would add Christianity in General)

It’s been awhile since I’ve shared anything from my favorite Lutheran Theologian Gerhard Forde.  Here’s a doozy:

The tragedy of post-Reformation Lutheranism and the theological root of its identity crisis is to be found in the persistent attempt to combine the radical gospel of justification by faith alone with an anthropology that cannot tolerate it…

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An Answer to “Dwight’s” Question

A couple days ago I posted a quote about Lutheran Theology from Stephen Paulson.  Here’s the quote in full:

“Lutheran theology starts where all others end.  Virtue is not the goal of life, virtue is our problem.  Religion is not given for morality; it is there to end it.  The picture of progress upward to happiness is toppled, and in its stead is the apocalyptic end of righteousness in this world so that only Christ remains, who alone is righteous in the eyes of God.”

At first I hesitated to post this because it is slightly vague, confusing  and without a background in Lutheran theology it might be misunderstood.  This said, I posted it because I thought it perfectly described what I have observed to be the end result of most Lutheran theology: only Jesus remains. Continue reading

Steven Paulson’s Bold Words

“Lutheranism is the history of a departure from Luther, but this is not a decline or decadence from a golden age…, instead it is a bald fear of the Gospel that lies at its core.  The same charges that were made of Paul resurfaced among the Lutherans: ‘Shall we sin the more that grace may abound?’ ‘Is the law to no avail?’ ‘Do I do nothing?’  Luther’s kind of preaching is a nuclear reactor–so much energy produced from so small a core–and yet the fear always hovers among those who are nearest that the thing will implode and destroy life rather than generate it.”

-Steven Paulson “Lutheran Theology