Martin Luther: “fine Easter preachers, but…very poor Pentecost preachers”

+   +   + Brother Martin has a word for you this Pentecost. It’s quite the curious irony that neo-antinomians (guys like Chad Bird, Donavon Riley, Daniel Price, and others) concur with the papists in a false estimation of the… Continue Reading

Two Bombshell Sermons from Luther: Trinity 18 & 19

In two back-to-back sermons (well…back-to-back in terms of their sequence in the church year), Martin Luther takes up two highly related— and highly divisive— theological topics: in his 1537 Gospel sermon for Trinity 18, he preaches about Law & Gospel,… Continue Reading

Gnosticism, Antinomianism, and Reformation Theology: Reflections on the Costs of a Construal

This article originally appeared in Vol. II, No. 1 of Pro Ecclesia, a journal of theology published by the Center for Catholic and Evangelical Theology. It is featured here at Pseudepigraphus by arrangement with Rowman & Littlefield. All rights reserved. No part of… Continue Reading

Who uses the Law, God or Man?

[Related: “Mathew Block, the Formula of Concord, and more on who’s using the using”] In the contemporary debate regarding the three uses of God’s Law a certain assertion is frequently made. Interestingly, it doesn’t seem to be unique to one side… Continue Reading

No friend of Confessional Lutherans: Steven Paulson’s heresies

» Help keep Pseudepigraphus online « This article originally ran in the American Lutheran Theological Journal, Fall 2014, Volume 1, Number 2, as “Lutheran Theology by Steven D. Paulson: A Review Essay” by the Rev’d Dr. Eric Phillips. It is reprinted here… Continue Reading

Dr. Gilbert Meilaender’s weighty contribution to the antinomianism debate

The Rev’d Dr. Gilbert C. Meilaender is kind of a big deal. He received a B.A. from Concordia Senior College in 1968, an M.Div from Concordia Seminary (St. Louis) in 1972, and a Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1976. Yes, he’s one of… Continue Reading

The popular, but flawed, interpretation of Luther’s “simul” doctrine

(NB: I’ve been working on a more formal article on Martin Luther’s use of the phrase “simul iustus et peccator” for a few months now, so this topic has been on my mind a lot. Please bear with me; what… Continue Reading

The Triumphant and the Militant Christian: “Thomas Christian” as the Anthropological Expression of Imputed and Formal Righteousness

The following guest post is an excerpt from an essay by Rev’d Dr. Holger Sonntag, translator of Only the Decalogue is Eternal: Martin Luther’s Complete Antinomian Theses & Disputations (see above). The essay, “God’s Last Word”, serves as an extended introduction to Luther’s… Continue Reading

Various and sundry bits from Luther’s Works on the Law, antinomianism, etc.

The following quotations, mostly from Luther’s Works (American Edition), comprise an appendix to this piece: “The Gospel frees us to fulfill the Law” is a thoroughly Christian statement. The principal question is this: Does the Gospel in some sense free us to obey… Continue Reading

Luther’s Small & Large Catechisms: Very much overlapping magisteria

I won’t lie, this graphic is just clickbait. A few thoughts were meandering round my mind as the second term of seminary wound down. I penned the following coalescent ratiocinations for your perusal the week of Jubilate, the last week of my first… Continue Reading

“The Gospel frees us to fulfill the Law” is a thoroughly Christian statement

The chief article of the Christian faith is the free justification of sinners by grace alone through faith alone on account of Christ alone, apart from the works of the Law. This is the Gospel, the article on which the… Continue Reading

John F. Brug on Forde’s “Liberal Lutheran Sanctification”

» Help keep Pseudepigraphus online « HT: Pr. Jordan Cooper An excerpt from John F. Brug’s essay, “The Lutheran Doctrine Of Sanctification And Its Rivals”; all emphases original.   Unfortunately, the “Lutheran” section of Christian Spirituality is not Lutheran. It does,… Continue Reading

Does the Law only accuse? No.

Let’s do some grammar… John only eats. John only eats apples. Is there a difference between these two statements? Yes, indeed there is. In the first sentence, the verb “eats” is intransitive; that is, it lacks a direct object. It… Continue Reading

TRANSCRIPT: “The Third Use of the Law as Confessed in the Formula of Concord,” by the Rev’d Dr. Kurt E. Marquart Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Thank you very much, Dr. Rast, for this extremely kind introduction. Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. And on with the topic: “The Third Use of the Law… Continue Reading

Blessed Martin Luther: “To be without the Law is not the same thing as to have no laws…”

HT: Rev. Dr. Hoger Sonntag The following selection from Martin Luther’s preface to St. Paul’s Epistle to Romans is very illuminating viz. the modern opinion (popular among a fringe of Lutherans and non-Lutherans alike) that the Blessed Doctor was somehow… Continue Reading

Brace yourselves: Sneak-peek of the English translation of The Apology of the Book of Concord, coming Summer 2015

…though perhaps you know it better as Apologia, Oder Verantwortung deß Christlichen Concordien-Buchs, In welcher die wahre Christliche Lehre, so im Concordi-Buch verfasset, mit gutem Grunde heiliger Göttlicher Schrift verteidigt: Die Verkehrung aber und Calumnien, so von unruhigen Leuten wider… Continue Reading

Blessed Martin Luther: “…and so we are partly sinners and partly righteous”

(Boldface emphases mine. — admin) And when I exhort to walk in the Spirit, that you fulfill not the concupiscence of the flesh, I do not require of you that you should utterly put off the flesh or kill it,… Continue Reading

Blessed Martin Luther: “This makes them Lovers of the Law…”

This is the freedom and the slavery of which Paul speaks in Rom. 6:20, 22: “When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. But now that you have been set free from sin, you have… Continue Reading

What exactly is the problem with Gerhard O. Forde and the “Radical Lutherans”?

Reposted from the Facebook. Starting in medias res… Since it was wisely stated by a friend that “every little skirmish isn’t as important as a few well-crafted contributions,” I have abandoned the skirmishes of the land of Comboxen for a time… Continue Reading

“We have not yet convinced ourselves that the Law is beautiful…”

Some thoughts from a close friend, offered without comment: “I tend to agree with the statement that is made in these articles*, that the preaching of the Law is meant to produce an actual result, and not merely to convict.… Continue Reading

The Gospel and its discontents

That sinners are accounted just before a righteous God solely on account of Christ’s perfect obedience in life, in suffering, and in death, and liberated from sin and death by His resurrection is simultaneously the easiest and most difficult thing… Continue Reading