Nothing New Under the Sun

What I love about reading really old books (right now that would be Bondage of the Will by Luther) is that you rediscover there really is nothing new under the sun.  It is amazing in seeing what Luther had to say to Erasmus, how much he could have been talking to the Emerging Church at large. 

Erasmus had this to say about his own faith “If it were permitted [me], by the inviolable authority of the sacred Writings and decrees of the church [I] would go over to the sentiments of the Sceptics”  How postmodern is that!  “If I could combine my faith with sceptisism, I would.”

Luther replied: “You wish you had the liberty of being a Sceptic!  What Christian would talk in this way?…  The Holy Spirit is not a Sceptic, nor are what He has written on our hearts doubts or opinions, but assertions more certain, and more firm, than life itself and all human experience.”

I find comfort in knowing that what we face – in this age of wishy-washy no-on-can-know-for-sure-ness is nothing that has not been faced before.  Luther saw it in his day too – people who would rather not have answers, would rather not look too deeply in the Word.  He goes on to describe Erasmus as one who is “resolved to hold with neither side, and to escape safely through Scylla and Charybdis; in order that, when you come into the open sea, and find yourself overwhelmed and confounded by the waves, you may have it in your power, to assert all that you now deny, and deny all that you now assert.”

It has amazed me, these past few years, that the EC really wants to walk on both sides of the fence.  I take encouragement in the fact that even though they see themselves as new, and revolutionary and fresh, they really are just walking paths that have been walked before.

Luther is also reminding me of the solidarity of Scripture.  Of the confidence we can have that the Holy Spirit will impart wisdom to us.  That we can know God, as He has revealed Himself.

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. ckgod1
    Nov 04, 2008 @ 10:58:24


    ps – you are the second person in as many days to reference this book so i just added it to my wish list … thanks!


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