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The whole course of Christian practice has been affected by misunderstanding the call to repentance issued by John the Baptist and later by Jesus himself as being only a call to ascetic penance. It included that but the emphasis was in no way there. Far more did it mean not only a change of mind, as Melanchton proved to Luther, but also to "experience a new consciousness." It looked forward to entry into a higher state, not backward to the past sinfulness.


-- Notebooks Category 23: Advanced Contemplation > Chapter 5: Balancing the Paths > # 138






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