Ministry and Congregation

For the Lutheran Church, matters of church government belong to the adiaphora, to the "rites and ceremonies, instituted by men" (Augsburg Confession VII), concerning which there may and must be freedom in the church. Christ is not the legislator of a human religious fellowship, and the Gospel has in it no law which prescribes the only right way of organisation and polity for the church.

Ministry and Congregation
Letters to Lutheran Pastors, No.8
July, 1949
(Translation by Norman Nagel; published in We Confess the Church, Concordia, 1986, p.70).

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