Dear Ambassador's for Christ,

Below is an excerpt from a letter that Martin Luther wrote to Melanchthon on 1 August 1521.  The contested errors in Luther's letter is highlighted in bold print.

If you are a preacher of mercy, do not preach an imaginary but the true mercy.  If the mercy is true, you must therefore bear the  true, not an imaginary sin.  God does not save those who are only imaginary sinners.  Be a sinner, and let your sins be strong (or bold), but let your trust in Christ be stronger, and rejoice in Christ who is the victor over sin, death, and the world.  We will commit sins while we are here, for this life is not a place where justice resides.  We, however, says Peter (2nd Peter 3:13) are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth where justice will reign.  It suffices that through God's glory we have recognized the Lamb who takes away the sin of the world. No sin can separate us from Him, even if we were to kill or commit adultery thousands of times each day.  Do you think such an exalted Lamb paid merely a small price with a meager sacrifice for our sins?  Pray hard for you are quite a sinner.

There is a beginning to the doctrine of the unconditional love of God.  Martin Luther's writings to Melanchthon, Be a sinner, and let your sins be strong, and  No sin can separate us from Him, even if we were to kill or commit adultery thousands of times each day, Because of its origin from Luther, it is problematic that his words were the first to ferment error in Christian theology.  Also, the humanistic writer, Eric Fromm, in his 1950's book "The Art of Loving", is very probably the one who popularized the recent notion of God's unconditional love.

There is not one of us who has not misinterpreted Scripture, and perhaps though the pride of our own erroneous discovery, communicated our error in speech, or may have compounded the error in our writings to those who hold us in esteem.  I certainly can understand a teacher extolling the great salvation that we have in Jesus Christ, however, Martin Luther, a man held in the greatest of esteem and made an idol, was indeed a sinner like all, and sinned boldly in this portion of his hyperbolic heresy of communication to Melanchthon.  Luther's error of yesterday, remains doctrinally entrenched in sectors of today's protestant theology, and has given the Luciferian and demonic enemies of God, as well as that of the souls of men, the opportunity to waylay the many who started well on their journey of salvation faith in Jesus Christ.  Now, because of a few incantations in the past, they say: We are all going to heaven, no matter what we do, after all, we're free, because there is no law.  Nevertheless the foundation of God stands sure, having this seal: The Lord knows them that are His.  And  Let every one that names the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, depart from iniquity. (2nd Timothy 19.) What? know you not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which you have of God, and you are not your own? For you are bought with a price [that being the Covenant Blood of Jesus Christ]: Therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. (1st Corinthians 6:19-20.)

Many theologian and teachers step over the following Word of Truth from the Lord Jesus Christ, just because their vanity dismisses the Truth in Christ's teaching: When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walks through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none.  Then he say: I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he finds it now empty, swept, and garnished. Then goes he, and takes with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there:  And the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation. (Matthew 12:43-45.)  Unbelief can be a problem for the sophisticated mind that is entrenched in the philosophical vanity of the world, and is dismissive of that which is contrary to spiritual discernment, and to that which is declared in Scripture.

God's Gift of Salvation, in Christ Jesus, is one of immeasurable Sacrificial Love that the Incarnate Son of Man, has for His Eternal Father, and this kind of Sacrificial Love is lacking in the soul and spirit of self centered humanity.  That same Perfect Love, in obedience to His Father, was demonstrated in Christ's passion and death on the cross, being a propitiating offering of His same Perfect Love to save the lost of humanity from their self serving sins of death.  There is no sin in the Love of God that overcomes this world of sin and death.  For by God's Gift of Faith, through His Spirit of Grace, we believe that the Holy One of God,  Jesus the Son of Man, in the perfection of His love, was raised from the dead for the justification of the lost of humanity. Now, those of that faith, would follow after us, so long as we follow Christ in His Love for His father and that of man.  God's call to the lost of humanity, begins with a call for their repentance from the sin which leads them to a death sentence.  However, Martin Luther, in this noted flamboyant section of his letter, gives license for the continuation of the gross sins of death, which thereby would test the limits of the grace and forbearance of Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty and the Judge of the whole earth.  God does not change, for He remains Eternally Holy in all of His Essence. The Holiness of God envelopes the perfection of His Love and His mercy:  Therefore, be very careful in branding about the word unconditional, when attributing it to God's Love, when in fact the Love of God, is conditional upon our own willingness to repent from our own destructive desires.  According to Luther's false innuendo; No sin can separate us from Him, even if we were to kill or commit adultery thousands of times each day, then we would still be free in our gross sins, and judged as not guilty because of God's now unconditional Love.  Luther, obviously never considered the destruction of other lives that are violated with his flamboyant rhetoric, even with one willful act of our violence.  There is no genuine love in the violence of sin.

The evil weed seeds of Luther's hyperbolic message inevitably sprang up, and then flowered with more seeds being released along with every other wind of doctrine, thereby initiating Luther's need for a later defensive recantation of his antinomian statements.  Unfortunately, without the true gospel message for repentance, this fire had already been started with Luther's hyperbolic error, and were fanned by the winds of hell. Contrary wise, witness, that The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (2nd Peter 3:9) Our unchangeable Holy YHWH God is not  willing for anyone to parish, let alone those who hear the true gospel, for in His patience, the Almighty will suffer long with all of us sinners, awaiting the change in the direction of the heart, and then in the conception of faith though His Spirit of Truth and Grace, He will direct us into the Way of Christ's righteousness, where we were re-birthed into the continuing labors of God's Perfect Love.  We also, together with God, as His ambassador children, labor patiently in that Sacrificial Love of the new birth of soul and spirit, to testify of the Infinite's profound goodness to a corrupt world that is perishing around us. 

However, pride will always give birth to confusion, and from the beginning of Satan's corruption, and for his sake alone, the father of confusion has sought to circumvent or denigrate the Eternal Truth of the Almighty God.  If Martin Luther found himself entangled in his own prideful hyperbolic soteriology and spent years recanting his error and that of the Lutheran faith, then why should the Lutheran pastors place themselves in peril of life by repeating Luther's error, as if Luther could make no mistake, and all of his words were the doctrinal words of God and His eternal Word and Son, Christ Jesus.  As far as I know, Luther, in the spirit of his pride, never admitted to his felonious mistake, although he tried to cover his error with the brightness of his mind, both with his verbal and writing skills. Luther's "Sin boldly" is still being heard from the Lutheran pulpit, and any justification with embellished rhetoric is full of the vanity of the mind of flesh.  Put these following words of the Lord into the context of which we write: Neither shall you swear by thy head, because you can not make one hair white or black.  But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these, comes of evil. (Matthew 5:36-37)  In any court of law, an accomplice to a crime, may be found just as guilty as the actual perpetrator.  The driver of the getaway car in a bank robbery is every bit as guilty as the actual bank robber who holds the weapon of destruction.  A false witness is also culpable before God, for the Truth of Scripture testifies: A false witness shall not be unpunished, for he that speaks lies shall perish. (Proverbs 19:9) An accessory or consoler to a crime, is guilty of aiding and abetting in the commission of the crime.

God gives grace to the humble so that they may recover themselves from the prior shackling abuses of sin, and they are not to be encouraged to return to that which imprisoned them in the first place.  But those who pride themselves in their own wisdom, may in the end find themselves in the control of the master of all confusion.   Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,  nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortionist, shall inherit the kingdom of God.  And such were some of you: but you are washed, but you are sanctified {set apart}, but you are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. (1st Corinthians 6:9-11).  If we are washed from our prior sins in the Fountain of Water that flowed from the side of Jesus Christ, and we are set apart by that same Fountain of Blood by the Spirit of God, then why would you want to crawl back into a pigsty with the unclean hogs.  If we are called by God into His Righteousness through His Son, Christ Jesus, then we will not defile the Name above all names that justifies us in His Mercy.  We will not continue in unrighteous sin nor willfully test its unfruitfulness. [Why would you test the Almighty, by sinning boldly?] You can not love your sin, more than YHWH God.  No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. (Matthew 6:24).  Know you not, that to whom you yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants you are to whom you obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?  (Romans 6:16) God's Covenant of Grace is within His Spirit of Grace, Who is One with the Water and Blood of Jesus Christ. In the New Covenant of Communion Remembrance within the Body of Jesus Christ, we each have the faithful assurance of Holy God through His Spirit that the sanctifying Blood of our Savior will cleanse and renew the repentant believer in the spirit of our minds, so that in the One Body of Jesus Christ, we are each to be living epistles and ambassadors of God's good will towards mankind.

May the Love of God and His Truth, abide foremost in your hearts always,

Robert Glenn Pratten

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