All tagged The Law

Be Careful with Imperatives

Imperatives are good for many things.  Luther said the Law is good, but precisely because it is good, it has become poison and death for the bad.  The Law does not give life but evaluates it, and we encounter day in and day out its negative evaluation of us. 

The Law and the Already Terrified Conscience

Where contrition is evident, the conscience has already been prodded, piqued, finally terrified. More Law only serves to confirm the lie this person is already at risk of believing: that the last work of the conscience is also God’s last word. But God’s last word is the word of absolution, not the confirmation of the conscience’s testimony, but now its contradiction.