Beza On Rightly Dividing The Word

We divide this Word into two principal parts or kinds: the one is called the ‘Law,’ the other the ‘Gospel.’ For all the rest can be gathered under the one or other of these two headings…Ignorance of this distinction between Law and Gospel is one of the principal sources of the abuses which corrupted and still corrupt Christianity.

Theodore Beza, The Christian Faith, 1558.


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  1. Ignorance of the fact the Reformed hold the Law-Gospel distinction in common with the Lutherans has caused and still causes much mischief.

  2. what I meant is that many people (incl me) would disagree and say that the Calvinist and Lutheran approaches to the third use of the law differ

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