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What Luther Says

What's In A Name? The 'Core' of Sin

What's in a name?

Well, apparently, there could be a lot of bad things.

Some of you might have noticed a change to this website.

"The Lutheran Layman" used to be the name of this blog, but from now on we'll be going with "Just A Lutheran Layman" instead.

Why the sudden change? What's the point? I mean, it seems so subtle so why even bother? Ah yes! "Subtle" is a good word I think (Genesis 3:1).

Let's just say I want to be on guard against arrogance, a cult of personality, haughtiness, pretension, pride, and self-worth. In other words, I want to be careful not to inadvertently end up worshipping at the idol of self (although it's clear that's likely what I've been doing the past few months; 1 John 1:9).

Most importantly, I want to proclaim Christ crucified -- not Jeff crucified -- as if my own personal experiences while navigating from the works-righteousness waters of American Evangelicalism to the justified by grace shores of Confessional Lutheran doctrine are somehow more important than Him and what He did and continues to do for me.

To do so would be for me to become part of the problem, or the very thing I'm trying to speak out against with the "sword of the Spirit" (Ephesians 6:17), the Word of God, in this spiritual war (can somebody say "hypocrite" please?).


3622 Man Would Proudly Deify Himself

In short, the misery and woe that one man would love to be the god of another come from the apple in Paradise, when Adam and Eve wanted to be gods in the devil's name. This apple still lies heavy in everybody's stomach, causes constant belching, and will not be digested. For even the true saints still have at least something of the core in them.

(What Luther Says, Compiled By Ewald M. Plass, p. 1133)

What's in a name? The "core" of sin -- pride.

Sure, I may interject from time-to-time and share some personal experiences...but only in so far as they glorify my God.

Besides, claiming to be "THE" quintessential Lutheran layman was mighty pretentious of me when I've been a Lutheran-In-Name-Only for only 2 years and a Confessional Lutheran for a mere 5 months now, wouldn't you say?

In a Lutheran Layman's terms, from now on, I'm "JUST" a Lutheran layman, because I'm nothing special, but my Savior most certainly is and I want to tell you about Him and what He's done for you!

[NOTE: As you know, I am a newly converted Confessional Lutheran who recently escaped American Evangelicalism. That being said, please contact me ASAP if you believe that any of my "old beliefs" seem to have crept their way into any of the material you see published here, and especially if any of the content is not consistent with Lutheran doctrine -- in other words, if it's not consistent with God's Word -- so that I can correct those errors immediately and not lead any of His little ones astray. Thank you in advance for your time and help. Grace and peace to you and yours!]


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