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Maybe a helpful tonic

If anyone thought I went a little far in the last sermon equating the words of the preacher with the Word of God, first of all, I got that form Luther.  And I don’t think he was exaggerating to make a point.  When the preacher preaches in harmony with the doctrine of the apostles, this is the living voice of God among the people.

That means the preachers need to pay attention to the task at hand.  At the of the sermon, he must be able to say, “Thus saith the Lord.”

Today we share the same Bible with the worst of the sects.  The true church is gathered not around Scripture, but around the rightly understood, the purely and correctly interpreted Bible.  It is the task of the church’s confession to express the right understanding of Scripture which the Church has reached.  Thus pastors are helped to proclaim only the pure doctrine, and congregations are protected against the whims of the preacher and the misinterpretation of Scripture.  In this sense the church’s confession is servant of the Word.  — Hermann Sasse, *We Confess:  Jesus Christ* p. 84.

From Weedon’s Blog.

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