Why do we cite the Lutheran Confessions so authoritatively if we claim that Scripture is the "final authority"?
The Hausvater Project accepts the Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church contained in the Book of Concord of 1580, not insofar as, but because they are a correct exposition of the pure doctrine of the Word of God. When we defend our views by referring to the Confessions, we do so with the understanding that the Book of Concord is a norma normata (a standard aligned with Holy Scripture, the norma normans, i.e., the standard by which all else must be judged). Thus, we see our confessional Lutheranism as being in full harmony with the Lutheran principle of sola scriptura.
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