Full Text for CTM Theological Observer 13-2 (Text)

\ '. Cltnurnrbiu m4tuingual AtntlJlg Continuing LEHRE UND WEHRE MAGAZIN FUER Ev.-LuTH. HOMILETIK THEOLOGICAL Q UARTERLy-THEOLOGICAL MONTHLY Vol. XID February, 1942 No. 2 CONTENTS Pqe Through Justification unto Salvation. Theo. Hoyer _._........_______ 81 Luther: A Blessiug to the English. oW. Dallmann _._. _____.____._________ III The Progressive Revelation of the Antiehrist. P . E. Kretzmann _______ 120 Outlines on the Wuerttemberg Epistle Selections ______..____..__..________ 137 Theolotieal Observer. - Kirehlieh-Zeitgesehiehtliehes ____________ 145 Book Review. - Literatur ---_____._________._________._________________ 154 Ein Predlger mUll DIehl alleln wei­ Ell 1st Jrein Ding, das die Leute deB. al80 dais er die Scbate unter­ mehr bet cler K1rche behaelt denn wei8e, wle sle rechte Chrfslen lOllen die gute Predlgt. - Apologie. Art. !4 seln, sondern auch claneben den Woel­ fen wehretl, dais ale die Schafe DIehl ancrelfm und mit falscher Lehre ver­ If the trumpet give an uncertain fuebren und Irrtum einfuehren. sound, who shall prepare htmself to LutheT the battle? - 1 Cor. 14:8 PabUshed for the Ev. Luth. Synod of Missouri, Ohio, and Other States •CONCORDIA PUBUSBING BOUSE, St. Louis, Me: Theological Observer - Stird)fid),3eitgefdJici)t1id)es 145 Theological Observer - ~irdJlidJ· Beitgef dJidJtIidJe~ Man Does Not Love Sola Gratia. - Under this heading Rev. F . R. Webber of Boston, Mass., has sent in the following interesting news item to be published in the "Theological Observer" of the CONCORDIA THEO- LOGICAL MONTHLY. The Rev. Mr. Webber writes: "The great success of Mr. J . H. Pedlar in Cornwall may have come to an end. He has carried on this work for six years, all the while supporting himself by means of secular work during the week. Not only has it been a thrilling chapter in our missionary history, but it has proved overwhelmingly that a fearless preaching of sin and salva- tion will stir the hearts of the people in this day when only too many are proclaiming the greatness of man and of man's ability to work his way into heaven by means of good conduct. "For six years Mr. Pedlar has been given free use of a number of chapels belonging to another denomination. For this kindness we have been genuinely appreciative. But now comes the day when a new church official has appeared on the scene and has decided, definitely and finally, that there are to be no more Lutheran services in those non- Lutheran chapels. Efforts have been in vain, and Mr. Pedlar is at last forced to remain silent, simply becau se there is no available place of worship. With the doubtful exception of a schoolroom in an incon- venient location, there are no halls or empty storerooms to be had. Moreover , the people of Cornwall are poor . Th e tin mining industry, once the source of great prosperity, has been at a standstill for over 50 years. Cornwall has long been a depressed area. Just now heavy taxation has added to the plight of the people. It is clear that only immediate assistance from America can save the day. "The situation is of particular interest because of its theological angle. It is but one more evidence that sola gratia meets with opposition wherever it is proclaimed. While the common people hear it with great joy, yet there are others, usually of the more learned classes, who are filled with resentment when told that man can do nothing whatever to assist in his own salvation. Churc.~ dignitaries would have stoned Luther to death for his preaching of salvation through the righteousness and death of Christ alone. Wesley was mobbed in London, in Newcastle, and in Bristol when he discovered the same truth and attempted to preach it, and it was high dignitaries, not the common people, who were responsible for the riots. The attempt to silence Mr. Pedlar is but one more of a long list of such incidents. At least one other denomination tried, only three years ago, to lure him away from us by flattering offers; but this brave missionary preferred to remain an unsalaried witness to the truth, living in a small rural cottage under conditions similar to those on our own frontier half a century ago. He might have had honor, recognition, and a comfortable mode of living had h e accepted this offer. "The men who have silenced him temporarily are not evil men. 10 146 Theological Observer -- Sl'ird)nc~