One of the latest observations from Dave Black (Sunday, January 3, 2010 at 8:12 am):
In this connection, perhaps I could remind everyone what Balthasar HÃ¼bmaier said about the Reformers. He complained that they had learned only two of the three critically important doctrines of the Christian faith. The first doctrine was salvation by faith (“der gloub macht uns selig“). The second was that the Christian cannot do anything good by himself or herself (“wir mugen ausz uns selbs nichts guts thon“). He went on to say that the Protestants had completely overlooked the third lesson, namely that faith without works in dead. He wrote, “Under cover of these two half-truths all evil, unfaithfulness and unrighteousness have gained the upperhand, completely … so that the old saying is fulfilled ‘Ye alter ye bÃ¶ser.'” We cannot have a two-thirds faith, he said: “das volckh nit mer denn zway stuck geleernet hat.”
Good advice, that. Don’t be a two-thirds Christian!
Are you a two-thirds Christian?
Of course, we can teach and lead as a two-thirds Christian as well, when our teaching or leading do not include serving by example.