August 15, 2022     8:08 am
339. Week of Twenty First Sunday after Trinity - Tuesday
Do not be called Rabbi
          Do not be called Rabbi; for one is your Master, even Christ; and all of you are brethren.   Mathew 23:8
          Rabbi means Master. The word Rabbi denotes a person who in the Christian Church claims for himself a spiritual authority above others, and hence also honour and respect in preference to others, as the Pope does and his priesthood. But Christ does not want such Rabbis in His Church and in His kingdom. To those who hold an office in the Church He says: "Do not be called Rabbi." And He furthermore says to them, as well as to the Christian laity: "For one is your Master, even Christ; and all of you are brethren." And to all His Christians He says: "And call no man your Father upon the earth; for one is your Father, who is in heaven." (v. 9) In view of this I ask: What of the "Holy Father" of the Roman Church together with his many Fathers," the priests? In the worldly governments there are masters indeed, and there is authority, and due respect must be paid those in authority, and each according to his station, or the power he is vested with. There is also parental authority. But in the kingdom of Christ there is nothing of the kind. There all without distinction are brethren of one another. There Christ alone is the Master. He rules in this kingdom by means of His Word, and solely by means of this Word. If a pastor proclaims the Word of Christ to his congregation, the congregation should obey; but in that case it is not obedient to the pastor, but to Christ. If the humblest and poorest and least respected member of the congregation speaks a word that Christ has said, the whole congregation should obey at once; for it is Christ, their Master, who speaks through this person. And if the pastor, or any church official, or the most highly respected man of the congregation says anything that is not Christ's Word, it is of no value. One is our Master, even Christ; and all of us are brethren.
          PRAYER: - Lord Jesus, the only Master of Your Church, protect us, Your Christians, lest men rule us, Your Christians, and subject us to slavery. You alone are to rule within Your Church by means of Your plainly written Word. And give Your Holy Spirit to us, who are Yours, that we may at all times willingly bow beneath Your Word. Then all will be well with us. Amen.

Third Part : The Christian's Life and Death
August 15, 2022     8:08 am