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Sat Apr 01 00:33:59 2017 1 The Project Gutenberg EBook of American Lutheranism, by Friedrich Bente This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever.
You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org Title: American Lutheranism Volume 1: Early History of American Lutheranism and The Tennessee Synod Author: Friedrich Bente Release Date: March 30, 2007 [EBook #20941] Language: English Character set encoding: ISO-8859-1 *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK AMERICAN LUTHERANISM *** Produced by (Rev.) Kurt A.
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Bodling Concordia Senior College, Class of 1976 AMERICAN LUTHERANISM Volume I Early History of American Lutheranism and The Tennessee Synod By F.
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Louis, Mo. CONCORDIA PUBLISHING HOUSE 1919 PREFACE. Essentially, _Christianity_ is the special divine faith in the truth revealed by the Bible that we are saved, not by our own efforts, works, or merits, but alone by the pure and unmerited grace of God, secured by Christ Jesus and freely offered in the Gospel.
And the Christian Church is the sum total of all those who truly believe, and therefore confess and propagate this truth of the Gospel. Accordingly, the _history_ of Christianity and of the Christian Church is essentially the record concerning this truth, _viz.,_ how, when, where, by whom, with what success and consistency, etc., it has been proclaimed, received, rejected, opposed, defended, corrupted, and restored again to its original purity. _Lutheranism_ is not Christianity _plus_ several ideas or modifications of ideas added by Luther, but simply Christianity, consistent Christianity, neither more nor less.
And the Lutheran Church is not a new growth, but merely the restoration of the original Christian Church with its apostolic, pure confession of the only saving Christian truth and faith. The _history_ of Lutheranism and of the Lutheran Churc...





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