Five Minutes a Day with Luther Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Bible Passage:Jude 16
These are grumblers, finding fault, following after their own lusts; they speak arrogantly, flattering people for the sake of gaining an advantage.
* * *
When men will not let their own circumstances be honest and favorable, then there is nothing but murmuring and complaining. So when one does not give a bishop the title he claims, then they cry out against disobedience. And even though one should attack them with Scripture, yet they say that none but they only must be permitted to explain Scripture. Thus they live in all respects as they will, according to their lusts, and moreover their whole law and claim is nothing but the fullness of mere high, proud, puffed up words, which have nothing to back them. Flattering people for the sake of gaining an advantage. This is their way of judging all, according to the status of the person. They have reduced it all to an outward matter, and they have classified it as gross sin if anyone does not hold to such views, so that Jude says well that they put a mask upon everything and have this only before their eyes. Thus no one knows anything of faith, of love, or of the cross; for which reson the people generally are content to eat and play the fool and devote all their property in the manner they do, as if to the true service of God. It is thus that they hold themselves up to respect for the sake of advantage.
But heaven and earth, O Lord, are Thine,
For Thou alone hast made them:
Thy light let on Thy people shine,
And in their sorrows aid them:
Kindle our hearts to love and faith
That shall be steadfast e'en to death.
Howe'er the world may murmur.