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God Brings Good from Evil

God drives man to faith by means of fear and despair…. God uses these evils for good by antiperistasis*, that is, he does not use the subjects in whom these qualities exist but he uses the objects that are persecuted by them. For so God troubles the saints through the devil and his followers. On the other hand, the devil uses God himself and all good things for evil: chastity and celibacy for hypocrisy, humility for pride, love for sects and sedition, poverty for luxury and idleness.

—Martin Luther

*The principle that opposition strengthens what is opposed.

Posted on Friday, October 19, 2012 by Pastor Jerry Owen