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Five Minutes a Day with Luther
Thursday, September 19, 2019

Bible Passage:2 Peter 2:18

For speaking out arrogant words of vanity they entice by fleshly desires, by sensuality, those who barely escape from the ones who live in error,

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If you ask how they may be called springs without water, and clouds without rain, while they still preach throughout the whole world, St. Peter answers: They rain and preach, alas!  altogether too much; but they are only vain, swollen, and puffed-up words, by which they blow the poor people's ears full, so that men think it is something fine; and yet it is nothing but show.  They entice by fleshly desires, by sensuality, those who barely escape from the ones who live in error.  This is what these springs and teachers do, so that those who had just barely escaped must fall back into the snare of wickedness, and for the first time be truly captured.  A child that has been baptized, rescued from all sins, snatched from the devil, and set out from Adam into Christ, when he comes to reason is soon entangled and led away into error.  Men should be taught of faith and love, and the holy cross, while our clergy go their own way, establish their works by which these persons fall back again into error, even though they had escaped it.  But how does this come to pass?  Like this: by guile they entice the people to the lust of the flesh.  Here you clearly see that Peter speaks of none other than teachers who bear rule in Christendom, where men are baptized and believers for among the Turks and heathen, no one has so escaped; it is only among Christians, where they have the chance to lead souls astray, and bring them into the snare of the devil.


O that the Lord would guide my ways,
To keep His statutes still!
O that my God would grant me grace
To know and do His will!

--
Cuda.
aka Pastor Robin Fish
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him
and He will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6


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