Politics in the Pulpit: A Way to Supplant the Gospel

Rolf G. Hanson

Article Type: Face to Face

Publication Date: 7/1/1988

Paired Article (Face to Face): Politics in the Pulpit: A Way to Particularize the Gospel

Issue: Our National Self-Understanding (Vol. 8, No 3, Summer, 1988)

The gospel has exclusive rights to the Sunday morning pulpit. The preaching of the gospel is important because it is the power of God unto salvation. The preaching of the gospel is in total contrast to political opinions concerning justice. It declares, as Lutherans are supposed to know and as all should hear, the marvelous doctrine of grace. The concern of the pulpit is not between a preacher and a government, or a listener and antagonists; first and foremost it is about Christ and the sinner. The pulpit is too important for anything else.

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