Saturday, February 17, 2007

Distinct Approaches -- Scaer and Marquart (5/6)

Continuing with my observations regarding the distinct opinions of two respected churchmen of The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod on the subject of the third use of the law (their papers are referenced in a previous post), my fifth observation is how each man defines good works.

  • Dr. Scaer sees good works as being "done freely" (p. 3) and from a Luther quote "as a tree bears fruit" (p. 6).
  • Dr. Marquart sees good works as "conscious attempts" because we are not "automata" (p. 8).
One sees good works as those things which are done through us; the other as those things which we determine to do.

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