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September 14, 2014 - Pentecost 14, Proper 19, series A

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the Epistle, Romans 14:1-12 for the Pentecost 14, Proper 19, series A, September 14, 2014.

It is from Apology, Articles VII/VIII, pages 150-151.

In some circumstances unity is expressed in accommodating the brother rather than in uniformity of practice.

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Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORDPENTECOST 14, PROPER 19, SERIES A
APOLOGYARTICLES VII AND VIII THE CHURCH

Before the Synod of Nicaea, some observed Easter at one time and others observed it at another time. Neither did this lack of uniformity harm faith. Afterward, the plan was adopted by which our Passover (Easter) did not fall at the same time as that of the Jewish Passover. The apostles had commanded the churches to observe the Passover with the brethren who had been converted from Judaism. Therefore, after the Synod of Nicaea, certain nations held firmly to the custom of observing the Jewish time. The apostles, by this decree, did not wish to put a demand upon the churches, as the words of the decree testify. For it asks no one to be troubled, even though his brothers and sisters, in observing Easter, do not change the time correctly. The words of the decree are found in Epiphanius:

Do not calculate, but celebrate it whenever your brethren of the circumcision do; celebrate it at the same time with them, and even though they may have erred, let not this be a care to you.

The apostles wished to free the people from the foolish opinion of a fixed time, to help them from being troubled, if a mistake should be made in setting the date. Epiphanius interprets it in the sense in which we interpret it, because the apostles thought it unimportant what time the Passover should be observed. (paragraphs 42-43)



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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