Archive for September 26th, 2015

“Pure doctrine calls for and creates pure lives. This does not mean that we would overleap the church militant and seek to establish the church triumphant here and now, and make a “pure” church, such as cannot exist this side of the Parousia, the condition and criterion of unity. The church in this aeon is a pure church and has pure doctrine when it knows that it is made up of sinners under the forgiveness of God in Christ; it is translating pure doctrine into practice when it calls sin sin and summons the sinner to repentance, and forgives him with divine authority and without measure or restraint. The church leaves no repentant sinner outside her full fellowship; and she cannot include the man who prefers his sin to that fellowship. – by Rev. Prof. Martin Franzmann, Lutheran: “The Nature of the Unity We Seek”, 1957

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