We conclude that nothing more agreeable could happen or should be sought more eagerly and prayerfully from almighty God than the following: (a) both our churches and our schools should persevere in the pure doctrine of God's Word and in that longed-for and godly oneness of mind [1 Corinthians 1:10], and, (b) as was the case while Luther was still alive, they should be regulated by the divine Word, which was handed down to posterity in a godly and excellent way. However, we notice something else happening. (This happened in apostolic times, in those churches where the apostles themselves had planted the Gospel of Christ [1 Corinthians 3:6].) Corruptions were introduced by false brethren [Galatians 2:4]. So, because of our sins and the looseness of these times, this trouble has been allowed by an angry God against our churches [Hebrews 10:30-31].
Therefore, mindful of our duty (we know this has been divinely commanded to us) we think that we should apply ourselves diligently to the work of attacking the false teachings that have been spread in our provinces and realms. Such teachings are gradually gaining favor for themselves in the manner and familiarity of the people. We should see to it that the subjects in our government may persevere in the straight way of godliness [Hebrews 12:13] and in the truth of the heavenly doctrine. (paragraphs 38-41)
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