|Sir Monier Monier-Williams|
I have previously blogged about "Pieper's error" regarding a famous quote he used in several of his writings including his Christian Dogmatics (vol. 1, pg 15). Recent research from Australia has re-published the actual quote made by Sir Monier Monier-Williams which deserves repeating, just as Pieper repeated it several times (bolding by Australian pastor):
In the discharge of my duties for forty-two years I have devoted as much time as any man living to the study of these books [Sacred Books of the East]. ... What we must not forget is that the key point that he makes is that right throughout all the heathen religions there is "the one refrain through all: salvation by works. They all say that salvation must be purchased, must be bought with a price, and that the sole price, the sole purchase-money, must be our works and deservings. Our own Holy Bible, our sacred Book of the East, is from beginning to end a protest against this doctrine. Good works are indeed enjoined upon us in that sacred Book of the East; but they are only the outcome of a grateful heart; they are only a thank-offering, the fruits of our faith. They are never the ransom-money of the true disciples of Christ. Let us not shut our eyes to what is excellent and true and of good report in these sacred books; but let us teach Hindus, Buddhists, and Mohammedans that there is only one sacred Book of the East that can be their mainstay in that awful hour when they pass all alone into the unseen world. It is the sacred Book which contains that faithful saying, worthy to be received of all men, women, and children, and not merely of us Christians, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.
See next post Part 2 (of 3) for the remainder of this chapter...