Thursday, May 8, 2008

The Apology of the Augsburg Confession, Articles VII and VIII The Church (paragraph 9)--Philip Melanchthon

"We see the infinite dangers that threaten the destruction of the Church. In the Church itself, the number of the wicked who oppress it is too high to count. Therefore, this article in the Creed shows us these consolations in order that we may not despair, but may know that the Church will remain (until the end of the world). No matter how great the multitude of the wicked is, we may know that the Church still exists and Christ provides those gifts He has promised to the Church--to forgive sins, to hear prayer, to give the Holy Spirit."

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