Friday, July 18, 2008

Destroying the Church

Those who resort to other means than the Word and Sacraments to build the Church are disobedient to Christ’s instructions. And they are acting the part of fools; means selected by human wisdom do not build, but only destroy the Church.
The preceeding quote was taken from Christian Dogmatics, the three-volume lifework of Dr. Francis Pieper. Dr. Pieper was the second president of Concordia Theological Seminary, succeeding C.F.W. Walther, and was president of the Synod from 1899 to 1911. His work is still the standard theology textbook, being found on the shelf of every LCMS pastor.

Dr. Francis Pieper,
Christian Dogmatics
, Vol. II, (St. Louis: CPH, 1951) 388.

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