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“There Must Always Be Rebuking.”


First Sunday After Trinity.  1 John 4 [:16-21] June 7, 1545

…If [a preacher] does rebuke sins, they undertake to have him removed…When you are scolded as a usurer, adulterer, or whatever kind of swine you are, or [it is said] that a peasant, a townsman, or a nobleman is godless, no one will suffer that… Are you really righteous because I [do not] rebuke your vices?  Then let the devil be [your] preacher…

…Whoever is timid and despairing should not be a preacher, because he must take his stand against the devil and the world, [saying,] “You are wicked, etc.” and thus take everyone’s hatred and enmity upon me…

…That I reprove the Papists comes from pure love.  I have received nothing from such reproof but enmity, hatred, and persecution by the devil and men…

…I am not a preacher so that I may be your blockheaded fool and slackjawed ape and not chastise your knavery.  “But he is a pious lord, prince, judge.”  Yes?  Then let him go to the devil along with you…It is better for you to have one or two subjects who pray and give thanks for your love than to have all the others praise you for your laxity, etc.  If you do not want to rebuke, do not become a husband.  And yet you should show your love by rebuking…

….Thus there must always be rebuking; indeed, not a single daily sin should be accepted by way of compromise.

AE 58:

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