The Proper Distinction Between Law and Gospel: Thesis XII

“In the eighth place, the Word of God is not rightly divided when the preacher represents contrition alongside of faith as a cause of the forgiveness of sin” (C.F.W. Walther, The Proper Distinction Between Law and Gospel reproduced from the German edition of 1897 by W.H.T. Dau (St. Louis: Concordia, 1986), 2).

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3 thoughts on “The Proper Distinction Between Law and Gospel: Thesis XII

  1. Okay, I know there’s the issue of how much, but…you’re saying we don’t really need to feel sorry in order to be forgiven; just say the words?!?!

  2. Greg,

    One of the key words in this thesis is “cause.” Your act of contrition is not the CAUSE of the forgiveness of sin given to you. Now, contrition is surely present as the Spirit moves one to receive forgiveness through faith. So it is there. It, however, is not the cause.

  3. Not only that, but contrition in us cannot be the cause of forgiveness, since it is the Holy Spirit who works both with the Word of God.

    Tim

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