Martin Luther and fictitious or real sin

I copied the following from another BLOG I frequent. The poster. was sensing the desire of this BLOG community to see all sin as something “out there” as opposed to in their own hearts. I commend the BLOGGer for seeking Gods truth but the commenter seemed accurate in his assessment.

Luther says that God does not save people who are only “fictitious sinners.” No, God saves actual sinners. “Luther often called actual sin, as does Scripture…spiritual adultery.”[27] Luther says all men have a “lust for divinity”: “No sin troubles us as severely as the lust after divinity. Of course, the lust of the flesh is also a furiously strong urge, yet it is only a form (of sin) and nothing in comparison with spiritual lust or fornication.”[28] All actual sins are attempts to deify ourselves.

“At the heart of every sin which our corrupt nature moves us to commit is the burning desire to recognize no one as superior to ourselves…Luther points to this as the common denominator of all actual sins.”[29] In our zeal to be our own gods, we psychological say, “I do not believe God’s ways are the right way for me.” Thus, at our spiritual roots, our actions are the result of unbelief in the heart- a blatant disbelief that God’s way is the best way.

We are all indeed, actual sinners. The lust for divinity is really the original sin when the serpent said surely you will be like Gods knowing Good and Evil. God then sent Adam and Eve from the Garden saying now man has become like us knowing Good and Evil.

It dawned on me one day that I always thought as people in Christ we were supposed to understand good and evil. Why is that a bad thing? The reason for this is that man in his total depravity always gets it wrong. What we lost in the garden was a relational trust in God where we now started being our own gods and serving ourselves. We are now our own gods with a sense of our own good and evil. The problem here is the the we bend good and evil in ways that are always bent in our favor to make us look good. Morality is more a power play for ourselves to make us look good in front of others.

Jesus said he was the truth. Lets look to Jesus and his example on the Cross and the Gospel. All life-giving change starts at the foot of the Cross and in view of Gods Mercy on the Cross.

In Christ,

3 thoughts on “Martin Luther and fictitious or real sin

  1. theoldadam

    Great post, Jon!

    Once people are subjected to the ‘law’ as betterment, or principles for living, they start to become ficticious sinners(in their own minds).

    The well-meaning preacher waters down God’s law and thereby makes it managable.

    Then the sinner, who is working on these principles as does them (in his own mind) more or less pretty well, starts to view him or herself slightly better than say…you, who is not working on the biblical principles.

    Pride sets in, and all of a sudden we now have a ficticious sinner.

    To expose the actual sinner, the law must not be handed out as tools for betterment.

    Thanks a lot Jon!

    – Steve M.

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