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From a letter from Martin Luther to Phillip Melanchthon

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.

--On the day of the Feast of St. Peter the Apostle, 1521


  1. Can't believe nobody has any comments on this . Luther scares the hell out of me sometimes

  2. The Gospel shouldn't scare you. That it does isn't a good sign. Paul says that those who would be justified by works are severed from Christ and fallen from the Faith. I'd advise a closer examination of your own heart before you take anything but comfort from Luther's words.


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