Johannes Brenz: A true church may still have deadly error in its midst

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Although this epistle was written specifically to the Galatians, its teaching is relevant to all churches everywhere at all times. The doctrine of the gospel that it contains is universal, and Christ commanded it to be proclaimed to all nations throughout the world. But how can Paul call these congregations of the Galatians to whom he is writing “churches,” when they had been led astray by the false apostles and had turned away from Christ to rely on the merits of their works?

They are called churches either for the sake of those among the Galatians who continued to believe correctly about Christ, for even in the midst of ungodliness, God preserves in his church those seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to Baal, or because of the public ministry of the gospel and sacrament, which continued to function in the churches of Galatia. ...

For the reference, see Johannes Brenz: A true church may still have deadly error in its midst.
 
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