Thinking out Loud: Of Bishops

When the Blessed Reformer complained about the Roman bishops, saying that they were “worldly lords and princes, who will neither preach, nor teach, nor baptize, nor administer the Lord’s Supper, nor perform any work or office of the Church”, the context sure makes it seem like he did not intend us to finish the sentence with, “and therefore, if you would only remove men entirely from the pastoral office, put them in an office building, and make them beholden to bylaws, so they aren’t burdened by the challenges of the pastoral office, and can truly lead the church, then the problem would be solved.”

But, then, I’ve been wrong before. Maybe he did mean that. Once we solve our Augustana XIV problem, maybe we can look into fixing the Smalcald 3:10 one.


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