Announcements for the Week of December 30, 2018

The Smalcald Articles, Part III

Article VII. Of the Keys

1] The keys are an office and power given by Christ to the Church for binding and loosing sin, not only the gross and well-known sins, but also the subtle, hidden, which are known only to God, as it is written in Ps. 19:13: Who can understand his errors? And in Rom. 7:25 St. Paul himself complains that with the flesh he serves the law of sin. 2] For it is not in our power, but belongs to God alone, to judge which, how great, and how many the sins are, as it is written in Ps. 143:2: Enter not into judgment with Thy servant; for in Thy sight shall no man living be justified. 3] And Paul says, 1 Cor. 4:4: For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified.


18-12-30, Christmas 1 , BA-2018C




Announcements for the week of December 16, 2019

Smalcald Articles,  Part III

Article VI. Of the Sacrament of the Altar


1] Of the Sacrament of the Altar we hold that bread and wine in the Supper are the true body and blood of Christ, and are given and received not only by the godly, but also by wicked Christians.

2] And that not only one form is to be given. [For] we do not need that high art [specious wisdom] which is to teach us that under the one form there is as much as under both, as the sophists and the Council of Constance teach. 3] For even if it were true that there is as much under one as under both, yet the one form only is not the entire ordinance and institution [made] ordained and commanded by Christ. 4] And we especially condemn and in God’s name execrate those who not only omit both forms but also quite autocratically [tyrannically] prohibit, condemn, and blaspheme them as heresy, and so exalt themselves against and above Christ, our Lord and God [opposing and placing themselves ahead of Christ], etc.

5] As regards transubstantiation, we care nothing about the sophistical subtlety by which they teach that bread and wine leave or lose their own natural substance, and that there remain only the appearance and color of bread, and not true bread. For it is in perfect agreement with Holy Scriptures that there is, and remains, bread, as Paul himself calls it, 1 Cor. 10:16: The bread which we break. And 1 Cor. 11:28: Let him so eat of that bread.


18-12-16, Advent 3 , BA-2018C



Announcements for the week of October 14, 2018


“They have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge.  For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” (Rom. 10:2-4 NKJ)

The righteousness of God in Christ is our sufficiency.  Our righteousness is not.


18-10-14, Pentecost 22, BA-2018B



Announcements for the week of July 29, 2018

The Smalcald Articles Part III. Of Sin

3] This hereditary sin is so deep [and horrible] a corruption of nature that no reason can understand it, but it must be [learned and] believed from the revelation of Scriptures, Ps. 51:5; Rom. 6:12ff ; Ex. 33:3; Gen. 3:7ff Hence, it is nothing but error and blindness in regard to this article what the scholastic doctors have taught, namely:

8] Again, if a man does as much as is in him, God certainly grants him His grace.

9] Again, if he wishes to go to the Sacrament, there is no need of a good intention to do good, but it is sufficient if he has not a wicked purpose to commit sin; so entirely good is his nature and so efficacious the Sacrament.

10] [Again,] that it is not founded upon Scripture that for a good work the Holy Ghost with His grace is necessary.

11] Such and many similar things have arisen from want of understanding and ignorance as regards both this sin and Christ, our Savior, and they are truly heathen dogmas, which we cannot endure. For if this teaching were right [approved], then Christ has died in vain, since there is in man no defect nor sin for which he should have died; or He would have died only for the body, not for the soul, inasmuch as the soul is [entirely] sound, and the body only is subject to death.


18-07-29, Pentecost 10, BA-2018B



Announcements for the week of April 19, 2015

Bible-Absolute Truth

“The Apostle Paul declares (1 Tim. 6:3) that all error in doctrine can be traced to the refusal of the teacher to continue in the wholesome words of Christ.”  (F. Pieper,  Christian Dogmatics, Vol 1, 323)

15-04-19, Easter 3, BA-2015B

Announcements for the week of March 29, 2015



“Scripture remains dark to those whose prejudice against certain Scripture doctrines keeps them from even externally taking note of the respective words of  Scripture.”    (F. Pieper, Christian Dogmatics, Vol 1, 322)



15-03-29, Palm Sunday–Sunday of Passion, BA-2015B


Announcements for the week of March 15, 2015


(Tappert Edition)





Although the holy Fathers themselves had rites and traditions, they did not regard them as useful or necessary for justification. They did not obscure the glory or work of Christ but taught that we are justified by faith for Christ’s sake, not for the sake of these human rites. They observed these human rites because they were profitable for good order, because they gave the people a set time to assemble, because they provided an example of how all things could be done decently and in order in the churches, and finally because they helped instruct the common folk. For different seasons and various rites serve as reminders for the common folk.

For these reasons the Fathers kept ceremonies, and for the same reasons we also believe in keeping traditions. We are amazed when our opponents maintain that traditions have another purpose, namely, to merit the forgiveness of sins, grace and justification. What is this but honoring God “with gold and silver and precious stones,”  believing that he is reconciled by a variety of vestments, ornaments, and innumerable similar observances in the human traditions.

In Col. 2:23 Paul writes that traditions “have an appearance of wisdom,” and indeed they have. This good order is very becoming in the church and is therefore necessary. But because human reason does not understand the righteousness of faith, it naturally supposes that such works justify men and reconcile God.

Under this delusion the common people among the Israelites expanded such ceremonies, just as they have been  expanded among us in the monasteries. This is how human reason interprets fasting and bodily discipline. Though their purpose is to restrain the flesh, reason imagines that they are to be rites which justify, as Thomas writes, “Fasting avails to destroy and prevent guilt.”  This is what Thomas says. So men are deceived by the appearance of wisdom and righteousness in such works. (para.20-24)



15-03-15, Lent 4, BA-2015B

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