B. It is a widespread view that life is the main thing and that not much depends on the pure doctrine. Luther was otherwise; he first attacked the false doctrine of the papacy; he lived, fought until his death for pure doctrine. He said, "Doctrine is heaven, life is earth". Our doctrinal position is the same. One is convinced that pure doctrine is the greatest possession of the Church, of a synod, of a congregation. It is none of our preachers who do not say Yes and Amen to Luther's words. Our synod has thus become a blessing for many. But in many congregation this knowledge is not alive. This shows in the fact that one often stumbles against the insistence on pure doctrine, on the chastisement of contradictors, that one is not filled with holy abhorrence of the entity of false believers, etc. It is necessary, first of all to talk about it, that doctrine is the highest treasure of a congregation. Today's Gospel gives us occasion for it, as Dr. Luther also touches on this point in his sermons.
The highest treasure and jewel of a Christian congregation is that it has the clear and pure doctrine of the Divine Word,
we recognize this 1.
from the nature of pure doctrine
, a. it is perfect, it is exactly the same doctrine that Christ had, it is otherwise pure; it is
. the truth
, it cannot be two-faced, yes and no
; one therefore does not need to be in doubt what it is, one may not add to it; life is indeed ours, but doctrine is God's and given to us for precise transmission and management.
It is therefore the highest treasure and jewel because that which is perfect stands over the imperfect, and Christ Himself makes us attentive to it, in that He does not address in detail the rebuke of life
, but rather to His teaching office
; b. it makes alive,
. one comes to faith by it.
It is not a matter of indifference whether one "exchanges the truth of God for a lie"
and "believes the lie"
, holiness of a angel on a preacher would do no good with false doctrine in the congregation;
Galatians 3:1; 2 Peter 2:1-3.
John 8:48 ("Samaritan").
John 8:48-49 ("You have a devil"). See Luther, Erlangen Edition, Volume 11, page 138.
2 Thessalonians 2:11.