Too Soon Forgotten

[They] will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.
2 'TIMOTHY 4:4
Too Soon Forgotten
If the world does actually tolerate it for a while and gives ear to the Word, this lasts about as long as it takes to stroll to High Mass. Then the world casts the Word aside again and quickly becomes sated. When it constantly hears this one theme, faith in Christ, dinned into its ears, it thinks to itself: "After all, what is faith?" But let some schismatic spirit come along with a novel doctrine, which is not light but sheer human fabrication and darkness, the world is ready to rally around it. Birds of a feather flock together. The world likes to be wheedled and cajoled; it acts gentle and grunts with pleasure, like a sow when you scratch her ears. And then it turns its ears from the truth and toward fables (2 Timothy 4:4). But the light dazzles their eyes. This they do not want to permit.

From Sermons on the Gospel of John, Chapters 1-4 (Luther's Works 22:36)
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