Sunday, June 22, 2014

Relax | Notes from Peter's Sermon


Philipp Melanchthon was a friend of Martin Luther's and would eventually go on to take an important role in the religious reformations of the 16th Century. Phillip was also deeply conservative in his views, almost puritanical. After many years of trying to live perfectly Phillip wrote to Martin Luther in an almost discouraged tone. Luther replied to that letter, "God does not save those who are only imaginary sinners. Be a sinner, and let your sins be strong...Shall we sin the more that grace may abound?"

Of all the things Luther taught, either privately or publicly, the sentiment "Be a sinner, and sin strong" is perhaps the most troubling. Sidestepping the validity of this teaching, there is something else valuable to learn from his remarks, namely that Christ came for the sinners not the saints. Without sin, there cannot be grace, and without grace there cannot be salvation. This is not to say that we should "abound" in sin, but rather that we should RELAX, and not stress about it so much. We don't have to be perfect, there is only one who was. So...Relax in Christ, rest in his care, and remember your inadequacies are not relevant to your salvation.

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