Monday, May 23, 2011
Scripture OR Confessions
The Confessions flowed out of Scripture, brought into existence by the urgent necessity of the Reformation by orthodox teachers. Once having been drawn out of Scripture, these orthodox Confessions are thereby able to guide future generations in what those Scripture say because they bear witness to the truth.
Lutherans do not choose Confessions over Scripture, in our Confessions we bear witness to the Scriptures. It is not an either/or proposition but a both/and. These Confession can norm our faith because they are faithful witnesses to the Scriptures. In this way, by our Confessions, we are always carrying forth the witness of the Scriptures to the particular needs of the moment and addressing the errors of the current moment with the unchanging truth.