The Church Does Not Live By Morals

“For the church does not live by morals, by the knowledge and observance of God’s law nor does it live by religion, by lofty experiences of the divine and an awareness of the mysteries of God. It lives solely by the forgiveness of sins. Hence the reformation does not consist as the later Middle Ages believed, and has even been believed in wide circles of the Protestant world, of an ethico-religious correction, of a moral quickening and a spiritual deepening throughout the church. In consists, rather, according to its own peculiar nature, of the revival of the preaching of the Gospel of forgiveness of sins for Christ’s sake.”

Hermann Sasse, Here We Stand: The Nature and Character of the Lutheran Faith (Augsburg, Minneapolis), pp59-60.

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