Who said this? (hint at end of quote)
“All upright sacred books agree on one thing, that they all collectively preach and promote Christ. Likewise, the true criterion for criticizing all books is to see whether they promote Christ or not, since all scripture manifests Christ. Whatever does not teach Christ is not apostolic, even if Peter and Paul should teach it. On the other hand, whatever preaches Christ is apostolic, even if Judas, Annas, Pilate, and Herod should do it!” (LW 35:396)
To pull out the text of Scripture, without pulling Christ out of it, is biblicism, and should be avoided. It can lead you away from Christ and back to yourself. I’m not sure about you, but that is the last place that I need to go.
Yesterday’s pastor’s class taught by Pastor Anderson, dealt specifically with this problem, that is so prevalent in many Protestant churches and Lutheran churches, as well.
click here > The-Danger-of-Biblicism
We mustn’t forget, however, that God’s Word is both the Law, and the Gospel. Many liberal churches, including many within my own denomination have forgotten this and have thrown God’s Law out the window in favor of a reasonable, generous view that allows for our own inclinations to self. This does not promote Christ, either.
As always, your comments pro or con, are welcome.
Thanks to flickr and Disco Cat for the photo