30 September 2009

New Lutheran Quote of the Day

[A parish...]

Here God deals with men through His ordained servants with the same validity and certainty as if He acted in His own person, when they exclude manifest and impenitent sinners from the Christian community and absolve those who repent of their sins and are willing to amend.

Here at the command of the world's Redeemer, His Body and Blood become the food of Christians for the forgiveness of their sins, for the gift of God's own divine life, for their everlasting salvation, for the increase of their faith and for the heightened fervency of their mutual love. -- A.C. Piepkorn, *The Church* p. 124

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