The Proper Distinction Between Law and Gospel: Thesis XXIII

“In the nineteenth place, the Word of God is not rightly divided when an attempt is made by means of the demands or the threats or the promises of the Law to induce the unregenerate to put away their sins and engage in good works and thus become godly; on the other hand, when an endeavor is made, by means of the commands of the Law rather than by the admonitions of the Gospel, to urge the regenerate to do good” (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), 4).

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

  1. I was wondering about that too. I once worked under a pastor who would have claimed that was what he was doing, though in truth he was doing the former, that is using “the promises of the Law to induce the…regenerate to do good.”

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