The Canons Of Dork #19 For August 5, 2023

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The reference is to Formula of Concord, Solid Declaration, 1.6:

6. Or that original sin is not a despoliation or deficiency, but only an external impediment to these spiritual good powers, as when a magnet is smeared with garlic-juice, whereby its natural power is not removed, but only hindered; or that this stain can be easily washed away, as a spot from the face or pigment from the wall.

The Lutherans do not confess that garlic and magnets do anything. In their refutation of Pelagianism, they are referring to a theory that was held in the pre-modern world.

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2 comments

  1. Dr Clark, I am puzzled as to which, if any of these sections of the Book of Concord is meant by “Concord 1.6”:

    VI. Of the Sacrament of the Altar. or

    VI. THE SACRAMENT OF THE ALTAR,
    as the Head of a Family Should Teach It in a Simple Way to His Household. or

    For Husbands.
    6] Ye husbands, dwell with your wives according to knowledge, giving honor unto the wife, as unto the
    weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers be not hindered. 1 Pet. 3,
    7. And be not bitter against them. Col. 3, 9. or

    VI. OF THE THIRD USE OF THE LAW.

    Could you please enlighten me?

    Additionally:
    To me it appears that the Book of Concord appears to condemn an insistance on Matthew 18:17 as a Schwenckfeldian error.

    • John,

      The reference is to Formula of Concord, Solid Declaration, 1.6:

      6. Or that original sin is not a despoliation or deficiency, but only an external impediment to these spiritual good powers, as when a magnet is smeared with garlic-juice, whereby its natural power is not removed, but only hindered; or that this stain can be easily washed away, as a spot from the face or pigment from the wall. (Source: https://bookofconcord.org/solid-declaration/#sd-i-0022 )

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