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Bishop Michael Rinehart

“If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God excep t precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at the moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved. And to be steady on all the battle fields besides is merely flight and disgrace if he flinches a t that point.” – Martin Luther

2 thoughts on ““If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God excep t precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at the moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved. And to be steady on all the battle fields besides is merely flight and disgrace if he flinches a t that point.” – Martin Luther

  1. Bill Schwertlich

    August 5, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    This is a great quote, understood properly. It has been used by some
    L utheran C onservative M ilitant S oldiers as an argument only for “pure doctrine”, as to mean “if you slip up on this or that point, you’re not “confessing Christ”… I like better the idea of “How would Jesus have me creatively think and do “in spirit and truth”, and in truth as action in compassion. WLS

  2. Really Disciple

    July 8, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    John 8:31-32 If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. 2 Tim 3:16 All Scripture is God-breathed, 1 Cor 2:13 Not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, Psalm 119:160 The entirety of Your word is truth, And every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever. 1Cor 6:3-10 Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life! Therefore, if you have disputes about such matters, appoint as judges even men of little account in the church! I say this to shame you. Is it possible that there is nobody among you wise enough to judge a dispute between believers? But instead, one brother goes to law against another– and this in front of unbelievers! The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated? Instead, you yourselves cheat and do wrong, and you do this to your brothers. Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

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