We must also lessen the number of theological books, and choose the best; for it is not the number of books that make the learned man; nor much reading, but good books often read, however few, make a man learned in the Scriptures and pious. – Martin Luther

The Priesthood of Believers by George H. Gerberding

The Priesthood of Believers by George H. Gerberding

Luther taught that every true believer is a spiritual priest, is as near to the great Head of the Church as any official priest can be, and is equally entitled to the promise and gift of the Holy Ghost. He may exercise priestly functions among his fellow men and ought to do what he can to promote their well-being. This teaching of Luther was calculated to awaken a joyous consciousness and energy in the common Christian calling. – From Chapter 2

Contents

1 – The Doctrine 2 – Some Implications of This Doctrine 3 – The Sad Neglect of This Doctrine 4 – New Opportunities are Open 5 – The Spiritual Priesthood Actualized In The Church 6 – The Brotherhood

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