29 September 2011

Old Lutheran Quote of the Day

Luther and his fellow priests did not want to forge a new church.  Rather, they were striving to cleanse, polish, and restore the prior church to its original splendor and youthful integrity, since it had been wretchedly befouled by bad behavior and false teachings.  They preferred to be considered as physicians who would heal and cleanse, rather than as parents who would give birth to a new church.  -- Blessed Johann Gerhard, The Church, p. 321.

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