28 July 2011

Old Lutheran Quote of the Day

Those whom the call has gathered into the assembly of the church are in two species.  Some the Holy Spirit inwardly regenerates, renews, endows with true faith, illumines, sanctifies and engrafts onto Christ.  For this reason, they become true, living members of the church.  Some, on the other hand, belong only to the outward association that consists of the profession of faith and the use of the Sacraments.  -- Blessed Johann Gerhard, *On the Church* p. 70.

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