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Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions
Concerning the Invocation of Saints – part 34

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2 Peter 1:16

From the Confessions: The Defense of the Augsburg Confession

Concerning the Invocation of Saints 

Thus the Confutation has been deceitfully written, not only on this topic, but nearly everywhere. They make no distinctions in any passages between obvious abuses and their teachings. Those of sounder mind among them would concede that the teaching of the scholastics and canonists contain many false opinions, and that the ignorance and negligence of the pastors allowed for many abuses to creep into the Church. 

Pulling It Together

“Well, I don’t know what art is but I like pink.” That opinion may be fine for my granddaughter but it will not fly at the Guggenheim. It does not work in Christian faith either. Opinions are of no use to us. We require the word of God, what is written, the Scriptures. When we depart from sola Scriptura, we begin to drown in human opinions. Pastors and professors, as in the days prior to the Reformation, may lead us down the path of opinion, and some may be content to dodder along behind them. But God is faithful, and will always call his Church back to the word. 

Prayer: Give me ears to hear, God. Amen.

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