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A Precious Reminder July 6, 2007

Posted by larrylaz in Quotes.
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Joe,

What a great reminder I read today, in a quote from Martin Luther. It is a great gift that we have so many Christ-exalting books to nourish our faith with, but how tragic it is when we exalt books over the Word of God:

The multitude of books is a great evil. There is no measure or limit to this fever for writing; every one must be an author; some out of vanity, to acquire celebrity and raise up a name; others for the sake of lucre and gain. The Bible is now buried under so many commentaries, that the text is nothing regarded. I could wish all my books were buried nine ells deep in the ground, by reason of the ill example they will give, every one seeking to imitate me in writing many books, with the hope of procuring fame. But Christ died not to favour our ambition and vain-glory, but that this name might be glorified.

The aggregation of large libraries tends to divert men’s thoughts from the one great book, the Bible, which ought, day and night, to be in every one’s hand. My object, my hope, in translating the Scriptures, was to check the so prevalent production of new works, and so to direct men’s study and thoughts more closely to the divine Word. Never will the writings of mortal man in any respect equal the sentences inspired by God. We must yield the place of honour to the prophets and the apostles, keeping ourselves prostrate at their feet as we listen to their teaching. I would not have those who read my books, in these stormy times, devote one moment to them which they would otherwise have consecrated to the Bible.

I once read of George Mueller that for every one page of a non-biblical book, Mueller would read 10 pages of Holy Scripture. May we always be more enthralled with the words of Scripture more than the words of men.

Larry

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