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Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Collect of the Day

The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany.
The Collect.

O LORD, we beseech thee to keep thy Church and household continually in thy true religion; that they who do lean only upon the hope of thy heavenly grace may evermore be defended by thy mighty power; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Daily Bible Verse

Monday, June 12, 2006

Richard Hooker on Justification by Faith Alone

  • Indeed, God doth liberally promise whatsoever appertaineth to a blessed life unto as many as sincerely keep his law, though they be not able exactly to keep it. Wherefore we acknowledge a dutiful necessity of doing well, but the meritorious dignity of well doing we utterly renounce. We see how far we are from the perfect righteousness of the law. The little fruit which we have in holiness, it is, God knoweth, corrupt and unsound: we put no confidence at all in it, we challenge nothing in the world for it, we dare not call God to a reckoning, as if we had him in our debt-books. Our continual suit to him is, and must be, to bear with our infirmities, to pardon our offences.

Richard Hooker, Master of the Temple, 1585.

http://www.ccel.org/ccel/hooker/just.iv.html

While I'm no expert on Richard Hooker's theology, it seems apparent to me from his sermon on justification by faith alone that he is no Anglo-Catholic, despite his willingness to overlook the ignorance of those living in previous centuries who were still under wrong ideas and imperfect theology of the Romish and popish system. Anglo-Catholics can hardly appeal to Hooker as an incipient Anglo-Catholic.

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