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Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions
Concerning Confession and Satisfaction - part 16

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2 Peter 1:19–21

From the Confessions: The Defense of the Augsburg Confession

Concerning Confession and Satisfaction 

This entire matter is fictitious, and recently fabricated without the authority of Scripture or the old writers of the Church. Not even Lombard speaks of satisfactions in this way.

Pulling It Together

We do well to appeal to the highest authority. The academics of scholastic theology turned to Peter Lombard, who wrote the standard medieval texts on theology, as their authority. The Reformers knew his writings and used them to advantage. They recognized that Lombard did not talk about satisfactions in the way their opponents disputed. More importantly, they saw no support for this in Scripture, nor did the Church Fathers write about satisfactions as a general discipline of the Church. When the darkness of the world challenges, we do well to pay closest attention to the light of the Word of God.

Prayer: Rise, O Morning Star, in my heart. Amen. 

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