“The Church needs to restudy, to re-accept, to reaffirm, to re-experience justification by faith. This is fundamental.
“Has not a large part of the Protestant Church practically lost this Reformation doctrine? Has she not lost the blessed experience that comes from rightly accepting it? Is she not unconsciously drifting back into the old Romish heresy of justification by works, by service, by doing? Is she not, unconsciously perhaps, drifting into the Rationalistic and Unitarian idea of justification by self-made character?
“This doctrine regulates all other doctrines. It presupposes and demands a right understanding and acceptance of the Doctrine of Sin, the Doctrine of Christ, the Doctrine of the Holy Spirit, and the Doctrine of the Church. It is necessary for an appreciative understanding of the Doctrine of the Last Things.
The doctrine of justification by faith alone is most prominent in the theology of the Reformation. Luther calls it ‘the doctrine of a standing or a falling Church.’” — George Gerberding.
George Henry Gerberding studied under Charles Krauth and C. F. Schaeffer and assisted the Rev. Passavant. An indefatigable worker, he established and restored churches in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Fargo, ND. His Way of Salvation in the Lutheran Church was one of the most successful books ever published by the English Lutheran Church.
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