Saturday, October 3, 2009

Wilhelm Loehe on Doctrine in the Life of the Church

Concerning the Lutheran Confessions in the life of the Church, Wilhelm Loehe (1808-1872) writes:

Perhaps one could also say that the reformation of doctrine has taken place; but the church still does not rejoice in the riches of her pure doctrine as she should, and does not sense the significance which this gives her.  She still feels as if she were only tolerated, as if she lived by the grace of men.  She does not know that she has a letter of emancipation from God to live openly and freely by His grace and her faith and to make the whole world happy through her riches.  She does not recognize that, after she became the pure church, she became preeminently heir of all divine promises.  She still think of herself too much as mere dogma, too little as a person; she is too little conscious of herself, her grace, her worth, her powers.  In ecclesiastical consciousness, life, and work she is a long way from being again what the pure church of the first centuries was!  Here a reformation if still needed! (Carl S. Meyer, Moving Frontiers: Readings in the History of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, 70).   

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