What Made Me Lutheran

The thing that enabled my generation (I was ordained exactly thirty years ago) to enter the preaching office - even after we'd had to bury in the battlefields of Flanders the religious philosophy which as students we had learned instead of genuine theology - was the conviction that we were to proclaim not our religion, but the simple word of the Bible, on which we had learned to depend and trust. What made Lutherans out of some of us - maybe even many of us - was the realisation that gradually dawned upon us as we studied the Bible and prepared our sermons that Christendom had never been given a purer, more profound exposition of Holy Scripture than in the Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Letters to Lutheran Pastors No. 14, On the Doctrine of Holy Scripture, (August 1950).

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