This post is to celebrate the ancient "Great Day of the Lord", or ... Easter 2017
by C.F.W. Walther
Two years ago I published an obscure English translation of one of Walther's sermon books that had already been translated by Dr. Heck's father -- Year of Grace (or Gnadenjahr). I cautioned Dr. Heck that his focus on C.S. Lewis was rather at odds with the pure Christian preaching of C.F.W. Walther. I also blogged on another book of Pastor D. Heck, Walther's Standard Epistles, offering a download file of the scanned original German book which strangely seems unavailable online anywhere else (but has since been uploaded to Archive.org). But I only listed how one might continue to purchase this book through the Fort Wayne bookstore, I did not contemplate then to offer a free version of the full text online.
But it seems Dr. Heck cares little about the subject matter of what his father translated. He continues to be blind to the fact that the preaching of C.F.W. Walther is a great warning against the confused, reasoned, rationalistic Christianity of one such as ... C.S. Lewis. As I was returning to my Christian faith, I watched films and read books by C.S. Lewis and came away... confused. I read books about C.S. Lewis and came away equally confused. NOT SO WITH C.F.W. WALTHER!
|Walther's Standard Epistles|
Translated by Donald Heck
But enough explanation and justification. Just read and spiritually enjoy some of the greatest Christian sermons since the days of Martin Luther... from the American Luther! And forget about reading C.S. Lewis ... at least for awhile until you are fully grounded in the Christian faith!
Many hours were spent preparing and proofing the above. And while proofing it many times, my eyes would pause on certain passages and so I would make note of them to highlight them here. Perhaps the reader will be prompted to search further from the selection below:
But I would end this post with Walther's account of the ancient Church's practices for Easter. On page 199 is the following quote from Ireneaus:
"We do not pray on our knees on the day of the Lord because it is a symbol of the resurrection. This custom started back in the times of the apostles." – IreneausAnd then on pages 200 and 211, Walther reported on the earliest greetings of the Christians that can still be heard today:
"The Lord is risen!" and the reply: "He is risen indeed!"I recall during my time of return to my Christian faith of how this greeting caused a great swelling of my weak faith. But to hear C.F.W. Walther repeat it is truly glorious as it resounds through the centuries, through the millennia. – Hmmm, I wonder if C.S. Lewis, through all his musings, every used these phrases...?
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In the next Part 2 is the second portion of Pastor Donald E. Heck's great translation of Walther's Standard Epistles.