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Always Looking for Something New

January 25th, 2007
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“Rehoboam, who succeeded Solomon, was not content with his father’s wise administration of the state; he ruined everything, and his kingdom was cut into two parts. But this does not happen only in external and political affairs, where such foolishness is more tolerable, since it does damage only to physical matters, but also in religion and in the Word of God. The descendants always neglect the purity of the doctrine handed down to them by the fathers and look for something new. This is what is now being done by those who, after the Gospel has once more become known, are not content with the purity of faith and the doctrine of the Gospel but are stirring up new controversies about the sacraments; and when these controversies have run their course, an infinite number of new sects will arise. For the flesh cannot remain content with the one simple and true doctrine.” (AE 15:43)

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  1. January 26th, 2007 at 02:57 | #1

    The man was a prophet.
    As for the human desire for new things – a failing particularly prevalent among attendees of Steve Jobs keynotes, I believe ;-) – there are times when this can be quite lovable. Our three-year old is currently obsessed with distinguishing between the things he likes now, and the things he liked “last week”.
    I suppose what Luther is saying is that church unity and a pure confession of faith are incompatible with us all behaving like three-year olds!
    McCain: Much to ponder in that last remark. However, as for your remark about Apple products. The Bible speaks to this: “Every good and perfect gift comes from above!” So, there.

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