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.
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As a pastor of an LCMS parish my
goal is to get my congregation to
study God's Word. As the spiritual
leader of my parish I teach Adult
Bible classes on various books of the
Bible both on Sunday and during the
week. God's Word is a means of grace
and our people know that.
The Confessions help us interpret
Scripture and as Lutherans we hold
the Book of Concord as foundational
to our teachings of the Bible.
But there is no way the Confessions
are more important that the Bible.
They are not a means of grace.
The work of this most interesting theologian is available as a freebie from Google. I am reading it and I thank you for this post.
Sorry for the misspellings... I was typing on the road (not while driving - but still a dangerous activity to your end result)...
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