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

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

Dear Robert: Hebrews, dead works, the “confessional” label

Dear Robert, You might find this selection from Kretzmann’s Popular Commentary helpful: An Exhortation to Progress and Steadfastness in the Faith. Heb. 6, 1-20.   Christians should make progress in knowledge: V.1. Therefore, leaving the principles of the doctrine of… 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

“Take up your bed and Walk!” On Reductionism and Repentance

In his March 2004 essay “Hearts Set to Obey” (featured in the March 2004 issue of Dialog), Dr. Gilbert C. Meiliaender describes what he calls “dialectical Lutheranism”, a distortion of the Evangelical faith with which he takes issue. Here he describes some of its… Continue Reading

“When will the Gospel Drop?” A brief reflection on Lutheran preaching clichés.

Whether one skims their endings or peruses his sermons in their entirety, one is hard pressed to read the sermons of Martin Luther and not feel that he approached the homiletical task rather differently than many of today’s Predigern in the church… Continue Reading

“The Significance of Sanctification in the Preservation or Loss of the State of Faith”

Adolf Köberle’s magisterial work, The Quest for Holiness was originally titled The Relationship Between Justification & Sanctification (actually, Das Verhältnis von Rechtfertigung und Heiligung, but who’s counting?). The book is his doctoral dissertation. Definitely one of those Lutheran must-reads, and for lots of reasons. A doctoral… 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

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

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

Joel Woodward on the misuse of “the simul”

In 2008 Joel Woodward, the author of the “A Lutheran Beggar” weblog, published a very well-balanced critique of the way in which the theological maxim “simul iustus et peccator,” a.k.a., “the simul,” is misinterpreted and misrepresented in contemporary Lutheran theology.… Continue Reading

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