23 June 2011

Old Lutheran Quote of the Day

If, however, we esteem our baptism highly because it is God's sacrament, ordained and commanded by him, then we stand on sure and firm ground.  The person of man does not make baptism better, whether done by the pope or some bishop, parish pastor, or chaplain, than the baptism done by a midwife in time of emergency.  Similarly, the Word preached by a parish preacher is not better than that of a chaplain.  In short, it's a matter of the Word, not the person. -- Blessed Martin Luther, Homily for Trinity 1, HP II:239.

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