Works

Discarding All Merit

BY MARTIN LUTHER

We should steadfastly maintain our teaching so that we never let any work take credit for gaining the favor and grace of God, for liberating us from sin, and for bringing us to heaven. My merit is worthless for this. And if someone should want to use it for this, I must trample it underfoot and damn it to the devil himself…

Discarding All Merit

What's Left To Do?

BY JESSICA DELGADO

We are a people always seeking, always moving, always striving for more: it is the American way. In our culture, the most dishonorable people are the people who don’t work toward anything and don’t want toward anything. Having a job is respectable, certainly, but it’s the striving that makes you remarkable.

What's Left To Do?

Our Sufficiency Is From God

BY MARTIN LUTHER

When it comes to the knowledge of how one may stand before God and attain eternal life, that is truly not to be achieved by our work or power, nor to originate in our brain. In other things, those pertaining to this temporal life, you may glory in what you know...

Our Sufficiency Is From God

"Your Sins Are Forgiven" Is Christianity

BY MARTIN LUTHER

These words show and contain in brief what the kingdom of Christ is, namely, this sweet voice, these motherly and fatherly words penetrating our inmost soul: "Your sins are forgiven."

"Your Sins Are Forgiven" Is Christianity

No Salvation Without Works

BY BRUCE HILLMAN

One of the interesting things about Paul’s writings that is not noticed enough is that Paul doesn’t really have an “application” section.

No Salvation Without Works