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Do as you please, because you are always forgiven? No.

November 25th, 2010
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We Lutherans are subject to a special temptation. We have been so much assured that our standing with God is based entirely on God’s free and undeserved love and not on any action of ours that the devil is right there to suggest: “Well, if it not based on any action of yours, your actions don’t matter. You have a nice cushion to rest on there. You have complete forgiveness in Christ. So do as you please. You are always forgiven.” There is no more hideous mockery of Christ and Calvary than that. Christ died in our place so we may not be condemned and punished for our sins. He takes all that for us so we may be forgiven and may know the living God as a God who graciously involves Himself with us and we with Him. Are we, then, to make of this the basis for a life that contradicts that we are involved with Him? — Dr. Norman Nagel, Selected Sermons, p. 348. HT: Weedon.

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  1. Eric Bendekovic
    November 25th, 2010 at 08:40 | #1

    Issues was talking about simul Justus et peccator the other day and I have a question about what can we do when we are stuck in sin and not necessarily wanting to get out. Knowing that we are doing wrong by experiencing guilt and separation from God. What should we do, wait on The Lord to rescue us? I know most Christian teacher will say doubt your salvation!

  2. EGK
    November 25th, 2010 at 13:33 | #2

    We often encounter the idea that because of Christ, sin is “no big deal.” On the contrary, as Dr. Nagel points out, it is a bigger deal than ever, because we have been freed from it. No more excuses! As St. Paul says in Romans 6, How can we who have died to sin still live in it? That means as Christians we are shocked and horrified about what remains of our old nature, still calling ourselves “wretched” because of the sin still in us (Romans 7), and thanking God that in Christ there is no condemnation (Romans 8).

  3. November 28th, 2010 at 12:09 | #3

    Exactly. Grace does not equal antinomianism.

    You have wearied the LORD with your words. But you say, “How have we wearied him?” By saying, “Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delights in them.” Or by asking, “Where is the God of justice?” -Malachi 2:17

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