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Walter Lüthi said this about the cowardly nature of anonymity:

‘God has a name. The misery on this earth is nameless, the evil among men is nameless, for the powers of darkness love to be without a name. Nameless, anonymous letters, letters without signatures are usually vulgar. But God is no writer of anonymous letters; God puts His name to everything that He does, effects, and says; God has no need to fear the light of day.

The Devil loves anonymity, but God has a name. He did not get this name by chance; in fact He did not receive it at all: He gave it to Himself because He wants to have a name. For him, name does not mean noise and smoke that cloud the splendour of Heaven;

His name is His sign, the sign that shows that He is the true God; His name is His signature, so to speak, His monogram, His seal, His stamp (His trademark, if you will!) – whatever bears His stamp is God’s. God would certainly have had the power to be nameless; but because He loves clarity and hates obscurity He preferred not to be a nameless God’.

 

I hope this does not appear to contradict the reason for my own blogging anonymity.  I for one see mine as a way to write freely and honestly, even though there are a few who know who I am (I shall not be precious about it).  This post is aimed at the cowards who hide behind a self-righteous critique of others probably because they could not sustain their argument beyond the first round of responses.  To them this post is (sarcastically) dedicated.  Charles Spurgeon was once handed a note as he ascended the pulpit.  On it, was simply written “Fool.”  To which Charles responded by beginning his sermon, “Normally I get letters without names.  Today, I have received a letter with only the name:  Fool.

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God is so kindly disposed toward you

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“I could not have faith in God if I did not think he wanted to be favourable and kind to me.  This in turn makes me feel kindly disposed toward him, and I am moved to trust him with all my heart and look to him for all good things…

Look here!  This is how you must cultivate Christ in yourself, and see how in him God holds before you his mercy and offers it to you without any prior merits of your own.

It is from such a view of his grace that you must draw faith and confidence in the forgiveness of all your sins.  Faith, therefore, does not originate in works; neither do works create faith, but faith must spring up and flow from the blood and wounds and death of Christ.

If you see in these that God is so kindly disposed toward you that he even gives his own Son for you, then your heart in turn must grow sweet and disposed toward God…

We never read that the Holy Spirit was given to anybody because he had performed some works, but always when men have heard the gospel of Christ and the mercy of God.”

Martin Luther ‘Treatise on Good Works’ vol. 44 p30, 38-39