Announcements for the week of April 26, 2015

APOLOGY

ARTICLE XV. HUMAN TRADITIONS IN THE CHURCH

With regard to the mortifying of the body and the discipline of the flesh we teach exactly what we said in the Confession,  that the cross and the troubles with which God disciplines us effect a genuine and not a counterfeit mortification. When this comes, we must obey God’s will, as Paul says (Rom. 12:1), “Present your bodies as a sacrifice.”

This is the spiritual exercise of fear and faith. Besides this mortification brought on by the cross, a voluntary kind of exercise is also necessary. Of this Christ says (Luke 21:34), “Take heed to yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation,” and Paul says (1 Cor. 9:27), “I pommel my body and subdue it.”

We should undertake these exercises not as services that justify but as restraints on our flesh, lest we be overcome by satiety and become complacent and idle with the result that we indulge and pamper the desires of our flesh. In this we must be diligent at all times because God commands it at all times. (45-47)

15-04-26, Easter 4, BA-2015B

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