Concordia Theological Monthly

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doctrine, fundamental articles, christian, non-fundemental articles, unity, christianity, luther, lutherans, unionists

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


By the grace of God we have been won for the proposition that the adherence to all doctrine revealed is not a luxury, but a necessity. And by the grace of God we repel, in the first place, all the arguments to the contrary. The argument is advanced that we Lutherans distinguish between fundamental and non-fundamental articles and thus eo ipso declare the non-fundamental articles to be unnecessary. Nothing could be further from the truth. To be sure, there is a great distinction between the fundamental articles and the non-fundamental ones. We say that the fundamental articles are necessary for salvation, while faith may subsist with the denial of the non-fundamental articles.


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

1 Corinthians 1:10; Ephesians 4:3-6; 1 Corinthians 11:19; Acts 20:27; 2 Peter 1:19; Psalm 19:7; Psalm 119:105;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars