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Five Minutes a Day with Luther
Saturday, May 8, 2021

Bible Passage:Gal 5:12

I would that those who are troubling you would even mutilate themselves.

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Is this the part of an Apostle, not only to denounce the false apostles to be troublers of the church, to condemn them, and to deliver them to Satan, but also to wish that they might be utterly rooted out and perish?  And what is this else but plain cursing?  Paul, no doubt, alludes to circumcision.  It is as if he means to say, They compel you to cut off the foreskin of your flesh; but I would that they themselves might be utterly cut off by the root.  Here some would ask whether it is lawful for Christians to curse.  I say, why not?  However, not always, not for every cause; but when God's Word is spoken evil of, and His doctrine blasphemed, and so consequently God Himself, then must we turn to this sentence and say: Blessed be God and His Word, and whatsoever is without God, let it be accursed.  Here we can see how great a matter Paul made of a little leaven, concerning which he dares to curse the false apostles, who in outward appearance were men of great authority and holiness.  Let us not therefore deal with the leaven of doctrine make as though it is of little account; although it be ever so little, still if we neglect it, it will be the cause that little by little the truth and our salvation shall be lost, and God Himself denied.  For when the Word is corrupted and God denied and blasphemed (which must necessarily follow if the Word is corrupted), there remains no hope of salvation.  For this reason let us learn to advance and extol the majesty and authority of God's Word.  Therefore, when it comes to this, we are bound by no concern for Christian love or concord, but we sit, as it were, on the judgment-seat, that is to say, we curse and condemn all men who in the least point deface or corrupt the majesty of God's Word.

Those haughty spirits, Lord, restrain,
Who o'er Thy Church with might would reign,
And always set forth something new
Devised to change Thy doctrine true.

aka Pastor Robin Fish
It isn't whether we win or lose, it is "Do we stand faithfully?"

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