23 November, 2010

Martin Chemnitz on Why the Fathers Often Erred on the Doctrine of Justification

"...because they saw that when the gratuitous
reception to eternal life is preached among profane men
a great sense of security follows, neglect of good works,
and the dissolution of a person's whole life is brought
about. Therefore, in order to restrain this sense of
security, they kindled and urged an ardent and
efficacious (so it seemed to them) zeal for good works
and often bent the article of justification toward works
and merits, burying Christ and his benefits.

Martin Chemnitz (1522-1586), Loci Theologici, De Loco Iustificationis, 225a
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