All of this must pass away and will pass away, just as church government by princes as summi episcopi disappeared overnight. But the holy ministry, preaching repentance and forgiveness, and the congregation of the faithful, who in faith are justified sinners - that will remain. The future may involve forms which we today do not know about, but which the Lord of the church is preparing amid the thousandfold suffering of contemporary Christianity. He is His body's Savior even when we see only dissolution. Still true are Luther's great words about God's way in history: "By putting to death He makes alive."
This faith in what God is doing does not exclude our responsibility, but rather includes it. This means renouncing everything that is destructive of the genuine ministry instituted by Christ and the genuine congregation instituted by Him, everything that makes of Christ has instituted a place for exercising our lust for power, whether clerical or congregational. The office of the holy ministry is not lord over the congregation (2 Cor. 1:24); the congregation is not lord over the holy ministry (Gal. 1). Both are under Him who alone is Lord; in Him they are one.
--Hermann Sasse, *We Confess* vol. 3, pp. 82-83