From Martin Luther:

The heart of man finds it difficult to believe that so great a treasure as the Holy Ghost is gotten by the mere hearing of faith. The hearer likes to reason like this: Forgiveness of sins, deliverance from death, the gift of the Holy Ghost, everlasting life are grand things. If you want to obtain these priceless benefits, you must engage in correspondingly great efforts. And the devil says, “Amen.”

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4 thoughts on “What’ll Preach That’s of the Devil”

  1. Justin V says:

    Great post. I just saw a church make a list of things to do to be more Spirit-filled. They all involved sinning less and ordering your thoughts correctly. It sounded like a mix of Gnosticism and Buddhism.This is the perfect antidote to all of that.

  2. Jason says:

    Wow…Luther nailed it. Again. :)

  3. Anonymous says:

    I wonder if certain well known preachers might not also be tempted to say "Amen!"-> http://bit.ly/d1H1WpI'm not sure. Do you have any thoughts on this?

  4. ChosenRebel says:

    That is one of the best Luther quotes ever. Thanks for pulling it out.

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