Luther Quote: Sin Boldly

If you are a preacher of mercy, do not preach an imaginary but the true mercy.  If the mercy is true, you must therefore bear the true, not an imaginary sin.  God does not save those who are only imaginary sinners.   Be a sinner, and let your sins be strong, but let your trust in Christ be stronger, and rejoice in Christ who is the victor over sin, death, and the world. We will commit sins while we  are here, for this life is not a place where justice resides.  We, however, says Peter (2. Peter 3:13) are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth where justice will reign.  It suffices that through God’s glory we have recognized the Lamb who takes away the sin of the world.  No sin can separate us from Him, even if we were to kill or commit adultery thousands of times each day.  Do you think such an exalted Lamb paid merely a small price with a meager sacrifice for our sins?   Pray hard for you are quite a sinner.  -Martin Luther



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3 Replies to “Luther Quote: Sin Boldly”

  1. As a Lutheran, I always felt uncomfortable about this statement and believe Martin Luther missed the target completely. At best he points the way. Sin may not have consequences to God since Christ fulfilled His will, but sin has real consequences to me.
    Yet sin boldly that grace may abound provokes passion that touches your very soul. It’s inspirational. Everyone who is moved by this statement is impelled to dig deeper for what Easter means. This leads to my question. To illustrate the question, I must tell a story which my pastor tells and which you may have already heard.
    Quoth my pastor: “Once there was an old and wise king, who had an only son. One day the king told his son, ‘I want you to fetch the water for my household because I want you to know humility and what it means to be the least in my kingdom.’ Being a good son the young prince decided to obey his father whole heartedly, so he carried his yoke down the long dusty path that led to the cistern where the king’s water was stored. Many vessels were there. Some were beautifully ornate and others ordinary. The young prince chose a practical, yet ornate, vessel for the left side of the yoke, but for the right side he chose a vessel which had a crack halfway up its side. As the young prince carried the water daily along the path to his father’s house, beautiful flowers began to emerge along the right side of the path while the left side remained bare. One day the cracked pot said, ‘Forgive me master for I only carry half the water,’ but the good prince replied, ‘Good and faithful servant have you not seen the beautiful flowers along the same side of the path that you are carried while the other side remains bare. It’s through your brokenness that you have watered these flowers and brought glory to my father’s house.’ After three years the king said to his son, ‘You have obeyed the Spirit of what I asked you to do and brought glory to your father’s house. Come and sit at my right hand.”
    Is the genius of the resurrection mastermind the same as the story of the good prince, who restores the relationship between the cracked pot and its king by the very brokenness that ruined it?

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