23 January 2013

New Lutheran Quote of the Day

But the vital question for a church is not so much whether it will continue to live, but whether it will remain that which it has been and which according to its innermost essence it ought to be... There exists also in church history that which in natural science is called pseudomorphosis. As molten rock which enters into available empty forms there crystallizes in a form which is not native to it, so also church forms that have become empty may have become filled with foreign content. It may happen that an un-Lutheran faith seizes control of the forms of the Lutheran church and that then this church is only externally the Lutheran church. This indicates the danger which threatens every Lutheran church at all times. Missouri is no exception to this rule.—Hermann Sasse, Scripture and the Church, p. 214.

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