“Worldly government has laws which extend no farther than to life and property and what is external upon earth. For over the soul God can and will let no one rule but Himself. Therefore, where temporal power presumes to prescribe laws for the soul, it encroaches upon God’s government and only misleads and destroys the souls.”
“But the thoughts and intents of the heart can be known to no one but God; therefore it is useless and impossible to command or compel any one by force to believe one thing or another… Since, then, belief or unbelief is a matter of every one’s conscience, and since this is no lessening of the secular power, the latter should be content and attend to its own affairs and permit men to believe one thing or another, as they are able and willing, and constrain no one by force… Hence arise the well-known saying, found also in Augustine, ‘No one can or ought to be constrained to believe.”
“If then your prince or temporal lord commands you to…believe this or that, or commands you to give up certain books, you should say, It does not befit Lucifer to sit by the side of God. Dear Lord, I owe you obedience with life and goods; command me within the limits of your power on earth, and I will obey. But if you command me to believe, and to put away books, I will not obey; for in this case you are a tyrant and overreach yourself, and command where you have neither right nor power, etc. Should he take your property for this, and punish such disobedience, blessed are you. Thank God that you are worthy to suffer for the sake of the divine Word, and let him rave, fool that he is [1 Pet. 4:14; 16; Acts 5:41]. He will meet his judge. For I tell you, if you do not resist him, but give way. and let him take your faith or your books, you have really denied God.”
– excerpts from Martin Luther’s Secular Authority
Though private prayer be a brave design,
Yet public hath more promises, more love:
And love’s a weight to hearts, to eyes a sign.
We all are but cold suitors; let us move
Where it is warmest. Leave thy six and seven;
Pray with the most: for where most pray, is heaven.
– George Herbert, The Church-Porch, 67.
We will be celebrating a Maundy Thursday Agape Feast at 6 PM, April 2nd. PLEASE NOTE: Due to a schedule conflict with another group using the church building, we will be having our Maundy Thursday Service at The Classical Academy of Franklin, 500 Del Rio Pike, Franklin, TN. This is a worship service that takes place around tables and a meal, and culminates in the celebration of the Lord’s Supper.
The Good Friday Service of Darkness will be held at 7 PM, April 3rd, in the sanctuary at the church (First PCUSA Brentwood, 1301 Franklin Rd). This is a solemn service of confession, scripture reading, and singing, as we meditate upon the suffering and death of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Please join us.