“Luther holds that all who deny that the Word and Sacraments dispense the forgiveness of sins, who therefore find it particularly offensive if men remit sins, do not actually take God’s Word to be God’s Word, but regard it as merely the word of men…. At first sight this verdict of Luther might appear unfair in view of the fact, for example, that the Reformed strongly stress the inspiration of the Bible. But on close examination Luther’s conclusion proves to be right. For to teach that the Scriptures are the word of God and consistently to practice this truth are certainly two different things.” (Pieper, Christian Dogmatics Vol. III pg. 207)
I tell people all the time, “I’m not a fundamentalist; I’m much more radical than that. I actually believe the word of God when it says “This is my Body, This is my Blood.” I actually believe it not only when it is harping about some point of the law I particularly like, but also when it says “Baptism now saves you.” It is one thing to agree with our brothers that the Bible is the inspired word of God. But what good is that when they can’t put that into practice and believe what it says about the sacraments? Fundamentalists, Baptists, American Evangelicals etc. give but lip service to the scriptures. In reality they think they are free to believe whatever they want. They make up laws where God has made none, and they ignore laws where God has made them, and all because they refuse to believe the Gospel, and take Christ’s word at face value. You lose the sacraments you lose the gospel, and are left trying to earn heaven by kicking a cigarette habit.