An Insidious Plot

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Daily Reformation, Psalm 14:1-7

From the Reformer

When man perceives his sins in this light and is completely terror-stricken in his conscience, he must be on his guard that his sins do not thus remain in his conscience, and nothing but pure doubt certainly come out of it; but just as the sins flowed out of Christ and we became conscious of them, so should we pour them again upon him and set our conscience free. Therefore see well to it that you act not like perverted people, who bite and devour themselves with their sins in their heart, and run here and there with their good works or their own satisfaction, or even work themselves out of this condition by means of indulgences and become rid of their sins; which is impossible, and, alas, such a false refuge of satisfaction and pilgrimages has spread far and wide.

—Martin Luther, Assorted Sermons, “Christ’s Holy Sufferings”

Pulling It Together

The plot is insidious. The devil has gathered his minions and commanded them to press their one advantage. His orders: make the children of the Enemy feel satisfied when they read their Bibles, go to church, and visit the sick and shut-in. Make them feel good for having done something religious. In fact, suggest that they are good.

And so, many in the Church have become satisfied with themselves when they might have been satisfied with Jesus—in spite of themselves.

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

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