Let your sins be strong, for God does not save those who are only imaginary sinners

In Christ, Christianity, Justification, Martin Luther, Philip Melanchthon, Sanctification on October 3, 2009 at 1:23 AM

Be honest about just how bad your sins really are, because Christ paid for them all.

Great news for the wicked, from here:

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, 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 (2. 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.

–Martin Luther to Philip Melanchthon,
on the day of the Feast of St. Peter the Apostle, 1521
  1. Great post!

    So many people (Evangelicals and papaists mostly) have a problem with that quote.

    Luther was spot on.

    Be a real sinner! Admit it!

    Don't be a mealy-mouthed half sinner/half righteous luke warm fence sitter.

    For we have a real Savior, who died for real sinners!

  2. I understand that it is human nature to minimize our sin, but I find no comfort in that, because I know my sins.

    I want the Law preached clearly and bluntly, so that I can then appreciate the Gospel preached the same way.

    "God doesn't save imaginary sinners."

    How great is that?

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