Mathew Block, the Formula of Concord, and more on who’s using the using

“But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully.” ~ St. Paul of Tarsus (First Epistle to Timothy, 1:8) Thanks to Mathew Block of the Canadian Lutheran and the International Lutheran Council for allowing me to publish… 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

“If anyone should say XYZ, let him be anathema” – On The Usefulness of the Negativa

If one reads the canons and decrees of the seven ecumenical councils (Nicaea I in 325 through Nicaea II in 787), one notices that they include not only careful expositions of what must be believed, but also clear, stern expositions of what… 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

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

Partim vs. Simul? Martin Luther: “We are partly sinners and partly righteous.”

I am currently in the protonic stages of a commentary on Luther’s commentary. My running thesis (to let a cat out of my bag of cats) is that Martin Luther’s doctrine of man (and, by extension, that of the Lutheran… 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