Don’t Shut Your Mouth, Daily Reform, Day 33



Galatians 1:6-9 & 2 Timothy 2:14-19

From the Reformer

Every teacher of work-righteousness is a trouble-maker. Has it never occurred to you that the pope, cardinals, bishops, monks, and that the whole synagogue of Satan are trouble-makers? The truth is, they are worse than false apostles. The false apostles taught that in addition to faith in Christ the works of the Law of God were necessary unto salvation. But the papists omit faith altogether and teach self-devised traditions and works that are not commanded of God, indeed are contrary to the Word of God, and for these traditions they demand preferred attention and obedience.

—Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians

Pulling It Together

No one is safe from the Apostle or from Luther; and no one should be safe from you or me. We must speak the truth in love (Eph 4:15). If that does not work and our challenge is not received as loving, we must speak anyway, even as boldly (Eph 6:20) as did Martin and Paul.

If one teaches wrong doctrine, he should be gently corrected. If he continues in his erroneous instruction, correction should also persist. If false teaching is done without regard to the truth, his error should be brought to common light so that all may know true doctrine and not be led astray.

No one should be excluded from correction — lay person, pastor, evangelist, bishop, superintendent, cardinal, or pope. God’s word instructs all and must be handled faithfully (2Ti 2:15). It falls to those who correctly handle the word of truth to correct those who do not. Paul and Martin took that assignment most seriously when people began to be led astray from God by following man instead.

© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reform: Devotions with the Reformers

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