Quotes from Luther: Willing evil

From Martin Luther’s The Bondage of the Will:

A man without the Spirit of God does not do evil against his will, under pressure, as though he were taken by the scruff of the neck and dragged into it, like a thief or footpad being dragged off against his will to punishment; but he does it spontaneously and voluntarily. And his willingness or volition is something which he cannot in his own strength eliminate, restrain or alter. He goes on willing and desiring to do evil; and if external pressure forces him to act otherwise, nevertheless his will within remains averse to so doing and chafes under such constraint and opposition.

 

 

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  1. This is the verdict:
    Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God. John 3

    John Wesley’s notes:
    3:19 This is the condemnation – That is, the cause of it.So God is clear.
    3:21 He that practiseth the truth (that is, true religion) cometh to the light – So even Nicodemus, afterward did. Are wrought in God – That is, in the light, power, and love of God

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