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Tuesday, August 04, 2009

W. H. T. Dau on the Preaching Office

"But what matchless authority is that of a human being who can come before his fellows and assert truthfully: 'Thus saith the Lord'; 'the Lord is in His holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before Him!' Hab. 2, 20. The consciousness of the grandeur of his delegated authority must, on the one hand, lift the preacher above the acclaim and admiration of the multitude: no man can honor him more signally than his Lord and Master has already honored him. On the other hand, it must elevate him above the sneers and frowns of an angry world to a position of sublime unconcern. What is the wrath of the rabble, the sarcasm of the wise, the scorn of the Caesars, the thunder of Antichrist, and the fury of hell to the good and faithful servant to whom his master says: Well done? Matt. 25, 23. If his authority is second-hand and circumscribed, his responsibility, too, is limited. He has delivered his message: that is sufficient. The message will take care of itself, and the Lord will take care of His messenger."

-- W. H. T. Dau, from his introduction to Louis Wessel's Sermons and Addresses on Fundamentals (St. Louis: Concordia, 1918) p. VI.

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