25.12.11

No 'Hero Worship' in the Church

There's no room for the worship of men in the church of Christ. Let the world have its heroes and live by the worship of them; in the church there is no hero worship! Paul, that remarkable genius who inspired the spiritual life of church in the early imperial age, was on the same level as Apollos and the other apostles - who were probably not geniuses. That hero of faith, Luther, is to be regarded as no higher than a man of doubt who folds his hands together and prays 'Lord, I believe; help my unbelief'.

From 'Mysteries of God', a sermon on 1 Corinthians 4:1-5 preached in Erlangen on Advent 3, December 15, 1940.

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