The Gospel Will Never Perish

"If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of His household."
MATTHEW 10:25
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The Gospel Will Never Perish
The fact that nowadays we still encounter offense need not surprise us, since Christ Himself meets with it. . .. I can expect to fare no better than my Lord Christ. Since He experienced apostasy, I might know that among us not everyone will stand either. In Matthew 10:25 we read: "If they have called the Master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of His household!" Therefore let them proceed with their persecutions. This doctrine will not perish or crumble because of them. The Gospel will and must be constructed on a different foundation from that of might or of great, learned, and smart men. Let the angry princes or the ranting and raving bishops persecute the Gospel, let the learned people abandon it! It is necessary for the Gospel to be despised outwardly by the world, to be trodden underfoot and persecuted, yes, even for those who claim to be good Christians often to fall away from it entirely. There is, after all, another power which preserves this doctrine.

From Sermons on the Gospel of John, Chapters 6-8 (Luther's Works 23:158)
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