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Tuesday, July 10, 2007 

First Lutheran Pope Declares All Non Roman Churches Defective

Pope Benedict XVI says Orthodox churches are defective and other Christian denominations are not true churches according to an AP report. Read the entire story at FoxNews here.

Wasn't Pope Benedict XVI supposed to be the first Lutheran pope? Then why is he talking smack about a visible and countable church? Gee, you would think that we Lutherans would have something to say about that. Oh wait, we did have something to say about that, way back in 1530 in the Augsburg Confession for crying out loud! The more things change...

Article VII: Of the Church.
1] Also they teach that one holy Church is to continue forever. The Church is the congregation of saints, in which the Gospel is rightly taught and the Sacraments are rightly administered.
2] And to the true unity of the Church it is enough to agree concerning the doctrine of the Gospel and 3] the administration of the Sacraments. Nor is it necessary that human traditions, that is, rites or ceremonies, instituted by men, should be everywhere alike. 4] As Paul says: One faith, one Baptism, one God and Father of all, etc. Eph. 4, 5. 6.


Article VIII: What the Church Is.
1] Although the Church properly is the congregation of saints and true believers, nevertheless, since in this life many hypocrites and evil persons are mingled therewith, it is lawful to use Sacraments administered by evil men, according to the saying of Christ: The Scribes and 2] the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat, etc. Matt. 23, 2. Both the Sacraments and Word are effectual by reason of the institution and commandment of Christ, notwithstanding they be administered by evil men.
3] They condemn the Donatists, and such like, who denied it to be lawful to use the ministry of evil men in the Church, and who thought the ministry of evil men to be unprofitable and of none effect.

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