Thursday, April 26, 2007

Hermann Sasse quote

"The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth, is never present where lies are told. There is actually more unity of the church present where Christians of differing confession honorably determine that they do not have the same understanding of the Gospel than where the painful fact of confessional splintering is hidden behind a pious lie."
-- Hermann Sasse, "Union and Confession"

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

One has to wonder if the sainted Dr. Sasse is not given to a bit of hyperbole here. Whether the doctrinal disagreement is hidden behind a pious lie or out in the open, the result is the same: a lack of unity. Frankly, though, I can understand where Sasse is coming from, as I have experienced situations in which I felt in much greater agreement with someone from a differing confession than with those from my own confession.