A Jagged Contention: The Church

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“The Church is the congregation of saints, in which the Gospel is rightly taught and the Sacraments are rightly administered. And to the true unity of the Church it is enough to agree concerning the doctrine of the Gospel and the administration of the Sacraments. Nor is it necessary that human traditions, that is, rites or ceremonies, instituted by men, should be everywhere alike. As Paul says: One faith, one Baptism, one God and Father of all, etc.” (Eph. 4:5-6)

– Augsburg Confession, Art. VII


Question:

The Augsburg Confession offers us a simple and eloquent description of the Church, “a congregation of saints, in which the Gospel is rightly taught and the Sacraments are rightly administered.” Then we are told that agreement concerning this is all that is needed for true unity of the Church. Do you think this confession still defines how we view unity in the church today?

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