Antidote to An Aversion to Sanctification
The aversion to sanctification that has taken hold in some circles these days finds a healthy antidote in the good, solid teachings of the Reformation and Martin Luther. The boastful claim that one is "weak on sanctification" has no business being found among Lutherans who wish to be, and remain, faithful to Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions. here is no place for "humor" like this with the holy things of God. The way to demonstrate orthodoxy is not by behaving impiously; a point apparently lost on some, unfortunately.
"It is most surprising to me that anyone can claim that I reject the law or the Ten Commandments, since there is available, in more than one edition, my exposition of the Ten Commandments, which furthermore are daily preached and practiced in our churches. (I am not even mentioning the Confession and the Apology and our other books). Furthermore, the commandments are sung in two versions, as well as painted, printed, carved, and recited by the children morning, noon, and night. I know of no manner in which we do not use them, unless it be that we unfortunately do not practice and paint them with our deeds and our life as we should. I myself, as old and as learned as I am, recite the commandments daily word for word like a child. So ff anyone perchance gained some other impression from my writings and yet saw and perceived that I stressed the catechism so greatly, he might in all fairness have addressed me and said, “Dear Dr. Luther, how is it that you emphasize the Ten Commandments so much, though your teaching is that they are to be discarded?” That is what they should have done, and not worked secretly behind my back and waited for my death, after which they could make of me what they would. Ah well, let them be forgiven who cease doing this."
Martin Luther, vol. 47, Luther’s Works, Vol. 47 : The Christian in Society IV, ed. Jaroslav Jan Pelikan, Hilton C. Oswald and Helmut T. Lehmann, Luther’s Works, 47:109 (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1999, c1971).