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A Reading from the Book of Concord
3 year series

August 31, 2014 - Pentecost 12, Proper 17, series A

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the Old Testament, Jeremiah 15:15-21 for the Pentecost 12, Proper 17, series A, August 31, 2014.

It is from Preface, Page 9.

At the time the Book of Concord was being prepared some Christians were being persecuted by the Roman Church. The authors of the Book of Concord wanted it understood that although they condemned erroneous teachings they were not condoning physical punishment.

Click here for the reading formatted for the back of a standard CPH bulletin.

Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico


It is not at all our plan and purpose to condemn people who err because of a certain simplicity of mind, but are not blasphemers against the truth of the heavenly doctrine. Much less do we intend to condemn entire churches. Rather, it has been our intention and desire to openly criticize and condemn only the fanatical opinions and their stubborn and blasphemous teachers. For these errors conflict with God's clear Word. We have written condemnations that all godly persons might be diligently warned to avoid these errors. Even in those churches that have not agreed with us in all things—many godly and by no means wicked people are found. We also hope that these simple people would be taught correctly the truth of God's Word. . With moderation theologians and ministers should teach from God's Word those who have erred from the truth. It has never been our purpose, by means of this godly formula for union, to create trouble or danger to the godly who are suffering persecution today. We have already entered into the fellowship of grief with them, moved by Christian love, so that we are shocked at the persecution and most painful tyranny that is used against these poor people with such severity. We sincerely detest it. In no way do we agree to the shedding of innocent blood, which undoubtedly will be required with great severity from the persecutors at the Lord's awful judgment before Christ's court. (paragraph 20)

Condensed from CONCORDIA: THE LUTHERAN CONFESSIONS, copyright 2005,2006 by Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission. All rights reserved. To purchase a copy of CONCORDIA, call 800-325-3040.

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