Even though I disagree with several aspects of Lutheran theology, I’ve found some brilliant Christian statements in the Lutheran confessions. I love the emphasis on Christian liberty, vocation, the five solas, and the penetrating critiques of the papacy and fanaticism (i.e. the Anabaptists).
In my opinion, one of the most incredible and remarkable statements is found in article 6 of The Formula of Concord Solid Declaration (1577). In this section of the Formula, Solid Declaration the authors discuss the third use of the law, namely, how Christians “learn to serve God…according to his written Law and Word. This is a sure rule and standard of godly life and walk. The Law shows how to order a life in accordance with God’s eternal and unchangeable will.”
Here’s the statement that I’ve underlined and highlighted:
“This doctrine of the law is needed by believers in order that they may…
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