What Is This "Law & Gospel" Thing?

Friday, 24 Aug 2007

The Law must be preached in its full rigor to make people guilty before God.16 The Gospel must be preached in its full sweetness to make people righteous before God. If we try to do anything else, we are following our own agenda, and not God's.
The feisty early church leader Tertullian was so impatient with error that he rejected their right of false teachers to quote the Scriptures. He esteemed classical learning so inferior to Christian teaching that he dismissed it with the question, "What hath Athens to do with Jerusalem?" Are we to expect a man like this to express any gratitude toward a heretic? Will such a firebrand ever thank an enemy of Christ for expounding a neglected Christian doctrine? Never! Yet this is exactly what Tertullian did, saying of the heretic Marcion that "Marcion's special and principal ...

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