Announcements for the Week of August 20, 2017

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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Hear the Scripture!

Moses and the Prophets are a reference to the Old Testament. These testify of Jesus, the very same Jesus made known in the New Testament. Him you are to hear. And Him you are to believe. This the rich man did not do. And this is what the rich man was afraid his brothers would not do. That’s why he wanted Lazarus to go warn his brothers. He wanted to warn them of what was to come if they continued in their unbelief.

But to the rich man did Abraham say, They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them and If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.

Jesus says the same to the Pharisees and Scribes of this day. Jesus did rise from the dead. And if you don’t believe the Scriptures, God’s very Word, so will you remain in that unbelief, for Jesus is risen, Alleluia! And yet you still don’t believe.

But thanks be to God, it is through those same Scriptures that God makes your salvation known—Jesus the Christ. That’s all we have. That’s all we’ve got. But that’s all that we need. Amen.

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Lk 16.19-31, Pentecost 18, 2010C.pdf

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