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The Saints and the Perverse

March 10, 2019
By Martin Luther

With the pure Thou dost show Thyself pure; and with the crooked Thou dost show Thyself perverse.

PSALM 18:26 (RSV)

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The Saints and the Perverse

Faith can use all things for its purpose, whether good or bad, except unbelief and its fruits. . .. To a Christian, therefore, the entire world is holiness, purity, utility, and piety. Contrariwise, to a non-Christian the whole world is unholiness, impurity, uselessness, and destruction—even God with all His goodness, as Psalm 18:26-27 says to God: "With the pure Thou dost show Thyself pure; and with the crooked Thou dost show Thyself perverse." Why is this? Because the pure, that is, the believers, can use all things in a holy and blessed way to sanctify and purify themselves. But the unholy and the unbelievers sin, profane, and pollute themselves incessantly in all things. For they cannot use anything in a right, godly, and blessed way, so that it might serve their own salvation.

From Commentary on 1 Corinthians 7 (Luther's Works 28:35)

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