Announcements for the Week of

THE BOOK OF CONCORD
(Tappert Edition)
APOLOGY OF THE AUGSBURG CONFESSION
XXVII. MONASTIC VOWS


We should leave our body, too, for the Gospel. But it would be silly to conclude from this that it is a service to God to commit suicide and to leave our body without the command of God. So it is silly to maintain that it is a service to God to leave possessions, friends, wife, and children without the command of God.

It is evident, therefore, that they wickedly twist the saying of Christ in applying it to monastic life, unless perhaps the statement that they will receive a hundredfold in this life applies here. Many become monks not for the sake of the Gospel but for the sake of food and leisure; instead of a slender inheritance they find the most ample riches.

But as the whole monastic system is full of counterfeits, so they quote passages of Scripture under false pretenses. Thus they are guilty of a double sin—deceiving men, and doing so under the pretext of the divine name.

They quote another passage on perfection (Matt. 19:21), “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor; and come, follow me.” This passage has exercised many people because they imagined that perfection consists in casting off possessions and the control of property. (42-45)

 

17-08-20, Pentecost 11, BA-2017A

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