Luther and Conversion

Wednesday, 01 Jan 1992

We can see why this topic of conversion was so important and central to Luther's theology. To understand it in any other way...is to have the wrong way of conversion.
“To be converted to God means to believe in Christ, to believe that He is our mediator and that we have eternal life through Him.” (W 52, 617). So said Luther in a sermon in 1534. The first misconception that Luther warns us about is the notion, so common in much of what passes for preaching today with its altar calls and pleas for people to make a decision for Christ, that conversion is something that we must do; it is our work. Commenting on John 3:3, Luther reminds us that, “Man’s own merit or holiness can contribute nothing toward ...

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