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Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions
The Smalcald Articles – part 83

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Mark 2:17

From the Confessions: The Smalcald Articles 

As a result, people did penance only for actual sins, such as wicked thoughts they yielded to (for wicked feelings, lust, and improper inclinations that they did not consider sins), and for wicked words and wicked deeds, which free will could have easily avoided.

Pulling It Together

This is a superficial, thoroughly human, way of looking at sin—one that leaves the conscience troubled and rarely at peace with God. It demands people be focused on their specific sins, instead of upon the fact that they are sinners even when they are not sinning. The former has people trying to escape punishment; the latter has them turning to the Savior.

Prayer: Give me, Lord, the peace that passes understanding. Amen.

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