The Pious Lie (II) : The Dogmatic Lie

"When we speak of the dogmatic lie, we do not, however, have in mind only the celebrated dogmas pronounced by the Catholic Church, through which theories are elevated to the level of ecclesiastical dogma, and have no basis in Holy Scripture, and are not true. We include here also precisely the dogmas with which modern Protestantism has been at pains to correct, to complete, or to replace the doctrine of the evangelical church, such as the false doctrine of Pietism concerning the church, or of rationalism concerning the person of Jesus Christ. What a fearful thing it is indeed that things are taught in the church which are not true, under the guise of the eternal truth entrusted to her. No atheism, no Bolshevism can do as much damage and destruction as th epious lie, the lie in the church. In this lie the power of one is made evident whom Chirst Himself calls a liar and the father of lies (John 8:44)."

From Union and Confession (1936) [trans. Matthew.C. Harrison; published by the Office of the President of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, 1997]


  1. What a fearful thing indeed.

    I am just beginning to read Sasse, as my daughter brought home Here We Stand from a class on the conservative Reformation taught at the college here. And I am also reading through this blog and wanted to thank you for your efforts. This is a wonderful resource.


  2. Anonymous10 June, 2011

    Thanks for your kind words of appreciation, Tim. the blog is a 'work in progress' but I think there's enough here to really 'sink one's teeth into'. I trust your reading of Sasse will be of much benefit.

    (Having trouble signing in to my own blog!)


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