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From the Confessions: The Athanasian Creed
Whoever wants to be saved should above all cling to the catholic faith. Whoever does not guard it whole and inviolable will doubtless perish eternally.
Pulling It Together
One may not take the Bible in hand and come up with any set of assertions and doctrines that suit a fancy. There is far too much of that going around today. The latest theological craze attracts the spiritually distracted like deer to headlights. The more glaring and wilder, the better. What difference does it make, since they will likely be chasing a new idea within the month? If you would be saved, you must confess what the Church has confessed for ages. The faith that the Church has affirmed is saving faith. Otherwise, it is a fashion, a trend that will not stand the test of time—or eternity.
Furthermore, one may not take bits of the faith to heart and discard the parts that seem too difficult or disagreeable. One may not say that Trinity is a hard doctrine and because it does not make sense, chuck it out. Of course, it is difficult; it is about God. God is not reasonable. He is inscrutable but that does not make him unbelievable. What does his revelation of himself teach you—no matter how hard the saying? That is what you must believe with your whole heart.
The faith that the Church throughout history has believed is what you must believe—and the whole of it—or else risk salvation.
Prayer: Save me, Lord, and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise. Amen.
We Still Believe is a Bible study resource reflecting on key themes in the biblical Lutheran doctrine that are at risk in the Church today. It is offered in the hope that it will inspire individuals and congregations to examine the core beliefs of traditional Lutheranism and how these beliefs apply to our own present context. Written in a question and discussion style by Pastor Steven King, the participant's book includes an introduction to and copy of the faith statement known as the Common Confession.