27 August 2011
Old Lutheran Quote of the Day
We have not separated from the church catholic. The Donatists said that the church had perished from the entire earth. We say, on the contrary, that the church has always continued and will endure forever. Consequently, we not only acknowledge that the church has been preserved under the papacy in earlier times, we also profess that the church is still being gathered to God by a loud voice in the middle of Rome. The Donatists enclosed the church within the borders of Africa alone... But we believe and confess that the church is catholic and universal. The Papists should see if they can free themselves completely from the error of the Donatists because they say that all catholics have disappeared from the world except those alone who have remained in the party of the bishop of Rome. -- Blessed Johann Gerhard, *The Church* p. 184.
Posted by William Weedon at 11:03 AM