“Yes, the Lutheran Church does believe in salvation, in the absolute necessity of its personal application, and in eternal perdition to every one who will not come to God in His own way of salvation – through Jesus Christ.
“And thus the Lutheran system is a complete system. It takes in everything revealed in the Word. It teaches to observe all things that Christ has commanded. It declares the whole counsel of God.
“Unbelieving and unrighteous men do hate the old Church doctrines. Why? Because these old teachings as to sin, guilt, retribution, the fact and need of a divine-human vicarious atonement the need of sovereign grace, the need of the divinely instituted means and all that these fundamental teachings imply – these teachings are unwelcome to the reason of the natural man. They are not the teachings that unaided reason would or could originate.
“There are thousands of sincere, well meaning and earnest Christians in the Reformed churches in every section of the country. They recognize and deplore the threatening change that has come over the church life of the country. They fear the impending heathenizing. They plan and pray for a remedy…”
“They never have been clearly instructed in God’s way in His sanctuary. They do not know that God has His own way of saving humanity and that His way of salvation is clearly marked out in His Word.
The only way to be certain that we understand conversion and salvation correctly is to go to the Bible. This is what pastor Gerberding does in this excellent book.
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”…here is a whole host of would-be evangelizers. They seem to consider it their special mission and commission to “convert sinners.
“A family from Norway consisting of father, mother and four children, through the aid of benevolent persons at home, had obtained the means to emigrate to this country. They fared well across the Atlantic Ocean, and a little farther than Buffalo, N. Y., where the father, by accident, was caught under the wheels of a car which passed over his body and cut off his legs above the knees. The cars passed on at their usual rate, leaving the poor man to his fate on the track.
“I came to my convictions through much confusion and doubt and struggle… I had to search and sift and dig before I found satisfaction and peace of mind and heart… I love all Christians of whom I am persuaded that they are sincere and in earnest.
“For the reasons given above I have found my spiritual home and my workshop in The Lutheran Church. The better I know her, the more I love her.
Rev. George Henry Gerberding. The subject of this sketch was born in Pittsburg, Pa., Aug. 21, 1847. His father, J. G. H. Gerberding, was born in Germany, but came to this country in his sixteenth year. His mother was a native of the United States. Her maiden name was Josephine Lustenberger. Her parents came from Switzerland.
Rev Gerberding grew up on his father’s little farm between Allegehany City and Perryville.
“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.