Craig Donofrio is currently serving as the Pastor of St. James Lutheran Church, in Cleveland Ohio. He is the husband of Paula, master of Rufus, a Pastor, Radio Professional, Author, former Missionary, and Communications Director for the Eurasia Region of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod’s International Missions. He holds a Bachelor of Business Management from Christ College Irvine and an MDiv. from Concordia Seminary St. Louis. Craig can be heard on the God Whisperers at godwhisperers.org and 200 Proof Gospel 200proofgospel.com podcasts.
Too often, we equate “repent” as the final warning to stop a particular sin before God ceases to love you and sends you to hell for your evil deeds.
How often do we confound these words in our heads with our own religiosity? It is natural for fallen man to assume his relationship is built on transactions with God.
It was the summer of 1519 at Leipzig, in debate with John Eck, where Martin Luther said those fateful words, “Ja, Ich bin ein Hussite”—I am a Hussite. With this, the gallery exploded with murmurs and shouts of dispute. But why?
Jesus is the subject, but you are the object. It is our fallen nature to want to interject ourselves into the salvation equation. We always want to try to take some credit for the completed work of Christ on the cross.
What would it be like if you were the king of a country or the President of the United States? The world would be your oyster. You would hob knob with the elite. You would be on the “A” list all the way.
In my office is a little, gold man who both mocks me on a regular basis and also serves as a reminder of God’s grace for a sinner.
I have been told many times that the future of Lutheranism lays in the hands of those who have not grown up Lutheran. Being an ex “Fundagelical” myself, I tend to smile when I hear these things, especially when new wars over a proper understanding of Law and Gospel are being waged.
At Leipzig, in debate with John Eck, Martin Luther said those fateful words, “Ja, Ich bin ein Hussite”—I am a Hussite. With this, the gallery exploded, and people lost their minds.
Sadly, it seems that Webster is in agreement with most of Christendom. Faith is indeed a noun, but as you read the definition, it sounds like a verb. Allegiance sounds like something that a person does, by placing their trust and hope in a person or thing.