Conrad Cordatus and Solus Christus

The Aquila Report | 10/12/2018 | Staff
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Cordatus was willing to allow that Cruciger meant well, and waited for a clearer explanation. The next words were more troubling, “Thus, our contrition and our effort are indispensable prerequisites (causa sine quibus non) of justification.” Still, Cordatus didn’t face the preacher immediately. He spent an entire evening discussing the matter with Melanchthon, who had written similar statements. He listened, and kept ruminating on these thoughts for almost a month.

Cordatus was leery of that language. Adding a “but” or “meanwhile” after “Christ alone” is dangerous – especially for listeners who are just beginning to grasp the foreign concepts of Sola Gratia, Sola Fide, and Solus Christus.

Cordatus - Cruciger - Explanation - Words - Contrition

Cordatus was willing to allow that Cruciger meant well, and waited for a clearer explanation. The next words were more troubling, “Thus, our contrition and our effort are indispensable prerequisites (causa sine quibus non) of justification.”

Still, Cordatus didn’t face the preacher immediately. He spent an entire evening discussing the matter with Melanchthon, who had written similar statements. He listened, and kept ruminating on these thoughts for almost a month. On August 20, he decided to write Cruciger, asking him to put his heart at peace. When he didn’t receive a reply, he followed with a heated letter. Cruciger held his ground. Without contrition there can’t be faith, he said, nor consequently justification.

Cordatus - Matter

For Cordatus, this was not a simple matter...
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