The Canons of Dort, the Law, and Luther

Ecumenical Creeds and Reformed Confessions 

“Neither can the decalogue…save men.  For though it reveals the greatness of sin, and more and more convinces man thereof…it neither points out a remedy nor imparts strength to extricate (free) him from this misery, but…leaves the transgressor under the curse; man cannot by this law obtain saving grace.”  Canons of Dort,  III/IV.5

Luther's Small Catechism, with Explanation

Question: “Can anyone, then, be saved by the Law?”

“No, the Law condemns everyone”  (from the explanation of Luther’s Small Catechism [St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1991], 96).


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