Posts Tagged ‘Augustine’


Carl Walther Said What?

October 4, 2012

“”The true distinguishing mark of false teachers is that they direct the attention of their listeners to themselves and their lives instead of to Christ. Pious Christian teachers direct the people away from themselves to Christ as St. John here does and testifies.”

Praise God, that is what we and others are doing. For all of our sermons have this goal: that you and we may know and believe that Christ alone is the one Savior and Comfort of the world. The Shepherd and Bishop of our souls [1 Peter 2:25], just as the Gospel everywhere directs people to Christ and as John does in his testimony.

This is why we never attempt to attract people to ourselves but instead lead them to Christ, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life [John 14:6]. On the other hand, all those who do not preach and testify about Christ but about themselves, they are false teachers.” Carl Ferdinand Wilhelm Walther [Quoting Martin Luther], “Duties of an Evangelical Lutheran Synod,” First Iowa District Convention, St Pauls Church, Fort Dodge, Iowa, August, 1879.


Aurelius Augustinus Said What?

December 23, 2011

“Man’s maker was made man
That He, Ruler of the stars, might nurse at His mother’s breast
That the Bread might hunger
The Fountain thirst
The Light sleep
The Way be tired on its journey
That the Truth might be accused of false witness
The Teacher be beaten with whips
The Foundation be suspended on wood
That Strength might grow weak
That the Healer might be wounded
That Life might die” – Aurelius Augustinus Hipponensis (Augustine of Hippo), Sermons 191.1, 4th Century.