The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians by Martin Luther:|
when all the time their basic beliefs are asmuch alike as one egg is like the
other? They all imagine, if we do this or that work, God will have mercy on
us; if not, God will be angry.
God never promised to save anybody for his religious observance of
ceremonies and ordinances. Those who rely upon such things do serve a god,
but it is their own invention of a god, and not the true God. The true God has
this to say: No religion pleases Me whereby the Father is not glorified
through His Son Jesus. All who give their faith to this Son of Mine, to them I
am God and Father. I accept, justify, and save them. All others abide under My
curse because they worship creatures instead of Me.
Without the doctrine of justification there can be only ignorance of God.