Archive Monthly Archives: October 2009

Grace Has To Be Drunk Straight

This day in 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses upon the door of the Wittenburg Church, knowing that on the following day, All Saints Day, people would flood through the doors and read it’s challenge to reform the church. It was the shot heard round the world that brought on the Protestant Reformation, a movement that recovered the gospel from centuries of ecclesiastical legalism. In honor of Luther’s nail and hammer, I’d like to post one of my favorite reformation quotes:

“The Reformation was a time when men went blind, staggering drunk because they had discovered, in the dusty basement of late medievalism, a whole cellar full of fifteen-hundred-year-old, two-hundred-proof grace—of bottle after bottle of pure distillate of Scripture, one sip of which would convince anyone that God saves us single-handedly. The word of the gospel—after all those centuries of trying to lift yourself into heaven by worrying about the perfection of your bootstraps—suddenly turned out to be a flat announcement that the saved were home before they started…Grace has to be drunk straight: no water, no ice, and certainly no ginger ale; neither goodness, nor badness, nor the flowers that bloom in the spring of super spirituality could be allowed to enter into the case.” (Robert Capon)