The Commemoration of Hermann Sasse

Today marks the 35th Anniversary of the death of Hermann Sasse and so today is the commemoration of this saint.  When the Church commemorates the saints, it does so for a few reasons:  first, to give thanks because in them we see that God has shown mercy on such sinners and through them has blessed the Church with the proclamation of the Gospel; second, so that our faith might be strengthened by seeing God’s work in their life, for example “when we see Peter’s denial forgiven, we are also encouraged to believe all the more that grace truly superabounds over sin”; third, we take note of their lives and follow the example of their faith (2 Thess. 3:7, 1 Cor. 11:1, Hebrews 13:7). [These three reasons paraphrased/quoted from the Defense of the Augsburg Confession, Article XXI]

Hermann Sasse was a pastor and professor in Germany and Australia.  At first he was influenced by classical liberalism, but quite early in his career rejected this position and became one of the leading voices of orthodox, Biblical, confessional Lutheran theology.  He was a strong critic of the Nazi Party and helped author the Bethel declaration.  Read a more complete biography here.

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