Orthodox Lutheran Father Quote of the Day

We concede that the Church is first, witness; second, guard; third, defender; fourth, herald; and fifth, interpreter of Holy Scripture. We deny, however, that because of the authority of Scripture, either simply or as concerns us or even uniquely, depends on the Church. Just as the authority of the letters of kings and great men does not depends on the testimony of the secretary who brings them and testifies of them, and as the excellence of gold and gems does not depend on the testimony of the jeweler, in the same way, the authority of Scripture does not depend on the authority of the Church who testifies of it.

Johann Gerhard
On the Nature of Theology and on Scripture
p 62

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