Throwing Horse Manure

I love how Martin Luther combines his passionate faith with a colorful use of language.  From the Preface to his Large Catechsim:

If I were to tell all the benefits and advantages that God’s Word accomplishes, where would I find enough paper and time? The devil is called a master of a thousand arts. What then can we call God’s Word that routs and destroys such a master of a thousand arts along with all his cunning and power? Indeed, it must be master of more than a hundred thousand arts. And should we so flippantly despise such might, benefits, power, and fruit—especially we who want to be pastors and preachers? If so, we deserve not only to be given no food to eat, but also to have the dogs set upon us and to be pelted with horse manure. For not only do we daily need God’s Word just as we do our daily bread; we also must have it every day in order to stand against the daily and incessant attacks and ambushes of the devil with his thousand arts.

Kolb, R. and Wengert, T. 2000. The Book of Concord : The confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. Fortress Press: Minneapolis

Published by Chris Duckworth

Spouse. Parent. Lutheran Pastor. Veteran. Jedi. Political Junkie. Baseball Fan.

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