Pristine Grace

The World and the Gospel
by Martin Luther
The World and the Gospel

    The world bears the Gospel a grudge because the Gospel condemns the religious wisdom of the world. Jealous for its own religious views, the world in turn charges the Gospel with being a subversive and licentious doctrine, offensive to God and man, a doctrine to be persecuted as the worst plague on earth.  As a result we have this paradoxical situation:  The Gospel supplies the world with the salvation of Jesus Christ, peace of conscience, and every blessing.  Just for that the world abhors the Gospel.