Wednesday, July 15, 2009

from Larry Christenson

"One of the great traps in living the Christian life is the tendency to substitute principles for the presence and guidance of the Holy Spirit...The danger in this approach is that it can foster a belief in Scripture that effectively neutralizes the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. Lutherans run the danger of all but handcuffing the Spirit to "Word and Sacrament". THe Holy Spirit is politely invited to confine His work to inspiring and authenticating the Word. We end up with a Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Scripture....The ways of the Kingdom of God cannot be mastered simply by knowledge...We need divine presence, we need the indwelling Holy Spirit."

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