January 17, 2021

Internet Monk Radio Podcast #135

podcast_logo.gifThis week: Welcome and orientation to listeners on Pirate Christian Radio. Luther’s “Sin to Taunt the Devil Quote” and Perfectionism.

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Luther quotes after the jump:

“Whenever the devil harasses you, seek the company of men or drink more, or joke and talk nonsense, or do some other merry thing. Sometimes we must drink more, sport, recreate ourselves, and even sin a little to spite the devil, so that we leave him no place for troubling our consciences with trifles. We are conquered if we try too conscientiously not to sin at all. So when the devil says to you: do not drink, answer him: I will drink, and right freely, just because you tell me not to.” -Martin Luther in a letter to Jerome Weller, 1530

“Listen to the Word of God, which says, ‘Keep sane and sober,’ that it may not be said to you in vain. You must not be pigs; neither do such belong among Christians. So also in 1 Cor. 6: No drunkard, whoremonger, or adulterer can be saved. Do not think that you are saved if you are a drunken pig day and night. this is a great sin, and everybody should know that this is such a great iniquity, that it makes you guilty and excludes you from eternal life. Everybody should know that such a sin is contrary to his baptism and hinders his faith and his salvation.”

Sermon on Soberness and Moderation (1539) LW 51:293-4


  1. Congrats on getting a Pirate Christian Radio timeslot!

  2. Land of Middle Girth says

    I should preface this by saying that I, myself, am not Lutheran, nor am I attempting in any way to be divisive. But I am curious, what are your main objections to the Lutheran faith and where would it be incompatible with the SBC?


  3. View of the Sacraments is pretty much it. Beyond that, it’s just where’s the focus of the denom. I enjoy the focus evangelicals have on missions and evangelism.

    I’m an evangelical. I don’t really have any desire to change teams.

  4. Chris
    I grew up Lutheran but not strict Lutheran. Missouri Synod. I no longer go.
    There are a couple of things I don’t agree with in the Lutheran church. Baptism of infants is one. The message of salvation is the other. The Lutheran church seems to say that through confirmation. you become a member of the church and you acknowledge who Jesus is but I have never heard anyone there say much about being born again.

    If I am missing something then please email me.


  5. Steve Newell says


    Being born again is not a matter of any human decision by it an act of God. Just as human has no decision on in their physical birth, we have no decision in our spiritual birth as well (John 1:12-13, John 3:5-8) This is completely and total the act of God working through Word and Sacraments. St. Paul describes our spiritual condition as being dead in our sins and our being alive is due to God’s grace and even our ability to have faith is a gift of God(Eph 2:1-9).

    BTW, does an infant need salvation? Last time I check, an infant is just as sinful as I am now and needs Christ as much as I need Christ.

  6. I appreciate your points. We aren’t going to refight those battles. None of us have the position we have out of ignorance.

  7. Land of Middle Girth says


    I gleaned from your post that this has been discussed before. I did a search on your site and found, from 2007, a great series of posts from Josh Strodtbeck on the subject. My ignorance on the subject is fleeting. 🙂

    Thanks for keeping the archive!


  8. Thanks for this podcast. I am encouraged to hear Luther quotes discussed with some intelligence and the heart in the right place. Thanks for stressing the bibilicalness of what he is saying and the healthy counseling to souls that he offers, applying law and gospel in different ways to different people in different contexts.

    What happens customarily on the internet or in speaking with people hostile to him, you get some Luther quote taken out of context thrown at you to make him and yourself look ridiculous. Or else it is said that his despairing of himself was psychologically unsound or unreasonable.

    I don’t mind looking ridiculous myself as much, as that when, what you call reformation Gospel, is not heard, appreciated, received, enjoyed, passed on. Luther does so much to get us to think and believe in it in a true and helpful way. He is a good doctor of the Bible and of souls.

  9. …gonna listen again later on this evening. You do a superb job of explaining Luther which is no small task. Thanks Michael for your efforts. Looking forward to your book.

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