The ELCA: Faith and Order

William H. Lazareth

Article Type: Face to Face

Publication Date: 4/1/1988

Paired Article (Face to Face): The ELCA: Called, Empowered, and Sent

Issue: The Lure of Heresy (Vol. 8, No 2, Spring, 1988)

The ELCA should be a church body that is intentionally committed to realize the powerful potential that resides in its Constitution. The Confession of Faith firmly professes evangelical catholicity in its confession of the triune God, the lordship of Jesus Christ, and the gospel as the power of God unto salvation. There is also a full affirmation of the Word of God (incarnate, proclaimed, written, inspired), and an unequivocal commitment to the normative authority of the Bible, the Creeds, and the Lutheran Confessions. Indeed, the Unaltered Augsburg Confession is intentionally distinguished from the other confessional writings of the Book of Concord, both as a true witness of the gospel and as a catholic basis for uniting with other like-minded churches.

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