Modern Lutheran Quote of the Day

Looking forward to the position of a Bishop in the Church, and of a Counsellor in the Synod, the student of theology needs to be a master of the great principles of Church government, a sphere specifically important to our Church amid the radicalism and anarchical tendencies of the hour. The Christian Pastor of the future should be master of the principles which are to guide him in his vocation as guardian of the flock; the Preacher  of the future should understand the theory., and be practically trained in the power of that simple but mighty eloquence, which becomes the preaching of the cross the Catechist of the future should be trained for great work of feeding the lambs; the future Ministrants at the altars  of the Most Hight should be shaped in the tender, trusting, and all-prevailing spirit of worship, which God, the Holy Ghost, kindles in his saints, the devotion, whose flame trembles upward to its source, in the humble confessions, in the holy songs, and in the fervent prayers of the Church, all hallowed by the memories of ages of yearning and aspiration. If we are to have men “mighty in the Scriptures,” “able and faithful ministers of the New Testament,” they must be, “not novices,” but men who “know how they ought to behave themselves in the house of God,” “perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works,” “holding fast the faithful word as they have been taught, that they may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and to convince gainsayers,” “in doctrine showing incorruptness.”

Charles Porterfield Krauth
The Conservative Reformation and Its Theology
p 176-177

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