Well, well, well – it turns out the bold Martin Luther quotation with which Dobby Ould nailed his thesis to the Viagraville wall didn’t come from Martin Luther at all. Instead it was lifted from a the work of a pious Victorian woman whose specialty was religious sentimentalia of a type we can safely assume Dobby’s Master most definitely does not endorse.
To his credit the foolish house-elf has offered a retraction of sorts, but quite frankly I’m not sure Biblical Christians can accept this, given it is proffered within a context absolutely devoid of any genuine repentance.
The Bible makes it clear that “the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” (2 Timothy 4:3-4).
Further, in Matthew 7:15 Our Lord specifically warned us to be wary of false teachers appearing in these terrible latter days. Just because Dobby was merely parroting something he’d heard elsewhere, or “was only following orders” is hardly any excuse: Deuteronomy 13 is unequivocal when it comes to how we are to respond to those who would lead us astray from the truth: in a nutshell the loving response involves rocks, the commandment to “show him no pity”, and a license to party on the ashes of their home, livestock and neighbours like you’re the Ugandan Synod on crystal meth.
Whilst I well realise the entire theological raison d'être of Dobby and countless others like him involves unquestioningly cutting and pasting what others have claimed to be true, the Scriptures simply don’t cut false teachers any slack on those grounds. If one going to live by Biblical literalism then, like our little house-elf, one must also be prepared to die by the same standard. Or at least face merciless ridicule from those whom you would have dared to persecute.
Finally, Beloved Sinners can rest assured that my Luther quote was indeed authentic. As was the Calvin citation with which I raised Dobby’s spurious attempt to cheat at Reformation Poker – it came from the wild and crazy Genevan’s commentary on Ephesians; Chapter 3, verse 21. And now for a quote that trumps them all: Matthew 23. Clearly it’s one that Dobby's gang at Viagraville have never considered.
I’m Father Christian and I teach the Bible.