Great Stuff — Walther on Bearing the Burden of Pure Doctrine

July 19th, 2012 Post by

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The tasks of a pastor of Jesus Christ are many, difficult, and demanding. The most difficult and demanding task of all – beyond question – is the task of proclaiming the pure doctrine of the Gospel of Christ and at the same time exposing, refuting, and rejecting teachings that are contrary to the Gospel. A pastor who does this will discover by experience the truth of the old saying: “Telling the truth makes enemies” (Latin: Veritas odium parit)….

Worldly people and all false Christians cannot help but attack those who teach a faith and doctrine different from theirs. These fake Christians regard those with sound doctrine as “disturbers of the peace” – peace-hating, quarrelsome, and nasty people. These unfortunate people have no idea of the blindness that surrounds them. They do not know how gladly the boldest champions of Christ wish to keep peace with all people, how much they would prefer to keep silent. These fake Christians do not know how hard it is for the bold champions to go public and become targets for the hatred, enmity, slander, scorn, and persecution of people. However, they cannot help but confess the truth and at the same time oppose error. Their conscience forces them to do this because such behavior is required of them by the Word of God….

Besides, righteous preachers remember that the Church is not a kingdom that can be built up in peace. It is located within the domain of the devil, the prince of this world. Accordingly, the Church has no choice but to be at war. It is the Church Militant and will remain such until the blessed end. Whenever a church appears to be not a militant church but a church at ease, that is a false church. You can rely on it!…

Keep these facts stored up in your memory, my dear friends. If you wish to be a faithful servant of Christ, you cannot possibly do so without striving and fighting against false doctrines, a false gospel, and false belief. In the view of worldly people, your lot will not be particularly enviable. Even wise Sirach says, “If you come to serve the Lord, prepare your soul for temptation” (Sirach 2:1). What he means is this: It is impossible for you to escape affliction if you wish to be a faithful servant of God. Anyone who is without affliction may be ever so passionate about fulfilling the duties of his office, yet his passion is nevertheless not of the right sort. Where there is genuine passion, not only does one plant and build, but the workers will also have the sword strapped to their waist, going out to wage the wars of the Lord….

So ignore any view that people would express in opposition to your teaching. Doing this will let your cause shine with even greater luster in heaven. On the Last Day, God will say to you, “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.” We will be refreshed when we quit this wicked world and the association of false Christians who shamefully slander our best efforts, calling them the worst horrors. Then our Lord Jesus will say, “Well done!  Good joy. You did not look for ease and comfort. Rather, you focused on keeping what was entrusted to you.”

- Law and Gospel, Readers Edition, p. 293-295






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  1. July 19th, 2012 at 09:26 | #1
  2. Dave Likeness
    July 19th, 2012 at 12:31 | #2

    When you read the pastoral epistles you are
    amazed at the Apostle Paul’s continual reminder
    against false teachers. To teach and preach the
    pure Gospel of Jesus is a top priority in every
    generation and every century.

  3. Carl H
    July 19th, 2012 at 14:18 | #3

    –”Worldly people and all false Christians cannot help but attack those who teach a faith and doctrine different from theirs.”

    Rather, don’t a lot of worldly people and false Christians in our postmodern age simply shrug and say, “Whatever works for you”?

    –”So ignore any view that people would express in opposition to your teaching.”

    How can one do that and still go about “exposing, refuting, and rejecting teachings that are contrary to the Gospel”?

  4. helen
    July 19th, 2012 at 14:32 | #4

    @Carl H #3
    –”Worldly people and all false Christians cannot help but attack those who teach a faith and doctrine different from theirs.”

    Rather, don’t a lot of worldly people and false Christians in our postmodern age simply shrug and say, “Whatever works for you”?

    Worldly people outside the church may say “Whatever works for you.”
    But if “whatever works for you” is Christianity, you’d get a better reception if you said you were an atheist, in some quarters.

    The false Christians (‘inside’ presumed) cannot help but attack the true faith. It’s a challenge to their own ideas, and to their consciences.

  5. Russ Davis
    July 21st, 2012 at 17:51 | #5

    Hey, cut it out! Don’t you know that kind of stuff can get a guy killed? Oh, wait, yes it did. 33 AD. Sigh. As has been said, Dear Lord please save me from my friends; I can take care of my enemies myself! Yikes!
    PS
    I’ve not yet really read Walther more than a few bits here and there, so I don’t mean to prejudge him before I’ve deeply read what I expect to be a rewarding experience, at the same time, considering the several philosophies he was reacting against and the several things people fail to consider in the Scripture, I have to say that one of the tings that concerns me most in the Law vs Gospel mentality is the failure by nearly all (yes I know my English teacher taught me it’s wrong to qualify an absolute (nearly all)) to realize how the Gospel is nascently contained in the Law, Deut 6:5. People also strangely seem to imagine that the Apostles preached their message from the NT like we do, forgetting it hadn’t been written yet, which means they preached the Gospel from the OLD Testament. Sadly historical and Biblical illiteracy has long been at a premium in our savage and uneducated stupid and dimwitted, slothful, egocentric lawless, fascist postChristian barbarism pretending to be civilized.
    God save us

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