Law and Gospel

Blessed Martin Luther: “The person who can rightly divide Law and Gospel has reason to thank God.”

From Martin Luther’s Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians (1535), trans. Theodore Graebner (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House, 1949) p. 60 [Ch. 2] VERSE 14. But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel. No one except Paul had his eyes open. Consequently it was his duty to reprove Peter and […]

Rev. Dr. Scott R. Murray on “Gospel Reductionism”

From Ch. 3, “American Lutheranism, 1961-76: A Period of Extremes”… (Nota Bene: boldface emphases mine. — TDD)   “Gospel reductionism” was a term coined in the Missouri Synod during the 1960s. The term had its birth in the battle over the normative nature and extent of the Law and Gospel principle implicit in Lutheran theology. […]