A Reading from the Book of Concord 1 year series August 28, 2011 - Tenth Sunday after Trinity
The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the Gospel, Luke 19:41-48 for the Tenth Sunday after Trinity, August 28, 2011.
It is from The Solid Declaration of the Formula of Concord, Article XI: God's Eternal Foreknowledge & Election.
"The things that make for peace" are never to be found in the visions, feelings, or works of men—no matter how pious and well-intentioned. They are only to be found in the express will of God as revealed in His Holy Word, and confessed in the teaching and practice of His Holy Christian Church.
94 So much for the controversial articles that have been discussed for many years among the theologians of the Augsburg Confession. Some have erred and severe controversies, that is, religious disputes, have arisen in these articles.
95 From our explanation, friends and enemies and, therefore, everyone, may clearly see that we have no intention of yielding any part of God's eternal, immutable truth for the sake of temporal peace, tranquility, and unity (which is not in our power to do anyway). Such peace and unity would have no permanence, since it is devised against the truth and for its suppression. We are even less willing to adorn and conceal a corruption of the pure doctrine and clear, condemned errors. 96 We do yearn with heartfelt pleasure and love for unity. On our part, we are sincerely willing and anxious to advance that unity (according to our utmost power) by which God's glory remains unharmed. We willingly advance unity where nothing of the divine truth of the Holy Gospel is surrendered, no room is given to the least error, and poor sinners are brought to true, genuine repentance, raised up by faith, confirmed in new obedience, and justified and eternally saved alone through the sole merit of Christ.
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Lord grant you faith in His grace alone for your salvation unto eternal life. Amen