“Honor the sabbath, to keep it holy” – the third commandment. But “the sabbath” is Saturday. How dare Christians move worship to Sunday! By whose authority? If the ten commandments are God’s eternal law, who dares to change them? Seventh Day Adventists and Seventh Day Baptists worship on the sabbath, on Saturday. Do they take the Bible more seriously than we do?
Nicholas Hopman throws eternal law out the front door, only to sneak it in the back door – in a recent Lutheran Forum article in praise of Gerhard Forde. This is not the first time he makes this move. He did it in a 2016 essay, “Luther’s Antinomian Disputations and lex aeterna,” in the Lutheran Quarterly.
Nicholas Hopman writes in praise of Gerhard Forde in a recent Lutheran Forum. He notes that Forde warned about the problem of understanding the gospel in terms of a system of law. How ironic, because Hopman himself throws eternal law out the front door, only to sneak it in the back door.
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Both Luther and Forde sometimes speak of the Ten Commandments as divine revelation – laws sent from heaven above to earth below.
At the same time they both also refer to the Ten Commandments as human codes that are not absolute or divine. These statements, some of which are given below, are not flippant or erratic. Rather, they are important clarifications relating to the larger questions: What is revelation? What is election?
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Luther: Luther on Exodus 20:1: “This text makes it clear that even the Ten Commandments do not pertain to us” (LW 35:165). Also: “The Gentiles are not obligated to obey Moses. Moses is the Sachsenspiegel for the Jews” (LW 35:167). “Indeed, we would make new decalogues, as Paul does in all the epistles, and Peter, […]