Anonymous

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Walter Lüthi said this about the cowardly nature of anonymity:

‘God has a name. The misery on this earth is nameless, the evil among men is nameless, for the powers of darkness love to be without a name. Nameless, anonymous letters, letters without signatures are usually vulgar. But God is no writer of anonymous letters; God puts His name to everything that He does, effects, and says; God has no need to fear the light of day.

The Devil loves anonymity, but God has a name. He did not get this name by chance; in fact He did not receive it at all: He gave it to Himself because He wants to have a name. For him, name does not mean noise and smoke that cloud the splendour of Heaven;

His name is His sign, the sign that shows that He is the true God; His name is His signature, so to speak, His monogram, His seal, His stamp (His trademark, if you will!) – whatever bears His stamp is God’s. God would certainly have had the power to be nameless; but because He loves clarity and hates obscurity He preferred not to be a nameless God’.

 

I hope this does not appear to contradict the reason for my own blogging anonymity.  I for one see mine as a way to write freely and honestly, even though there are a few who know who I am (I shall not be precious about it).  This post is aimed at the cowards who hide behind a self-righteous critique of others probably because they could not sustain their argument beyond the first round of responses.  To them this post is (sarcastically) dedicated.  Charles Spurgeon was once handed a note as he ascended the pulpit.  On it, was simply written “Fool.”  To which Charles responded by beginning his sermon, “Normally I get letters without names.  Today, I have received a letter with only the name:  Fool.

Christ must be preached!

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Sermons are a duty and a joy.  A duty that is born out of the calling of God to preach the Gospel of Christ in the power of the Spirit, which is also a joy at the same time.  This strange combination and the outworking of it always amazes me, and always motivates me, it terrifies me and weighs heavy with me.  But woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel.

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