Cruce Tectum

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Teaching as Doctrines the Commandments of Men

A helpful quote from the Augsburg Confession for this Sunday's Gospel lesson (Mark 7:1-13, 3 yr. series B):

"Every service of God, established and chosen by people to merit justification and grace, without God's commandment, is wicked. For Christ says in Matthew 15:9, 'In vain do they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.' Paul teaches everywhere that righteousness is not to be sought in self-chosen practices and acts of worship, devised by people. Righteousness comes by faith to those who believe that they are received by God into grace for Christ's sake."

-- AC XXVI:36-37, Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions, Paul Timothy McCain, et al. Eds (St. Louis: Concordia, 2005, 2006) p. 56.

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