Brief Statement of the Doctrinal Position
of the Missouri Synod. [Adopted 1932]
(St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, N.D.> Pt. 1
2. We furthermore teach regarding the Holy Scriptures that they are given by God to the Christian Church for the foundation of faith, Eph. 2:20. Hence the Holy Scriptures are the sole source from which all doctrines proclaimed in the Christian Church must be taken and therefore, too, the sole rule and norm by which all teachers and doctrines must be examined and judged. -- With the Confessions of our Church we teach also that the ''rule of faith'' (analogia fidei) according to which the Holy Scriptures are to be understood are the clear passages of the Scriptures themselves which set forth the individual doctrines. (Apology. Triglot, p. 441, Paragraph 60; Mueller, p. 684). The rule of faith is not the man-made so-called ''totality of Scripture'' (''Ganzes der Schrift' ') 3. We reject the doctrine which under the name of science has gained wide popularity in the Church of our day that Holy Scripture is not in all its parts the Word of God, but in part the Word of God and in part the word of man and hence does, or at least, might contain error. We reject this erroneous doctrine as horrible and blasphemous, since it flatly contradicts Christ and His holy apostles, set up men as judges over the Word of God, and thus overthrows the foundation of the Christian Church and its faith.
A more reader-friendly view of the Holy Scriptures appears in the
but to be fully intertextually honest, this Brief Statement must be read between the lines of the Homepage text. The ELCA Homepage's instruction on Scripture seems stodgy in comparison with the Mo-Synod homepage. However, please read the ELCA texts "in their own contexts," since , "it is necessary to consider passages in their context,"(one method for interpretation demanded by the Confessions of Faith of the Evangelical Lutheran Church--Apology of the Augsburg Conf BkC146-149; however much the Mo-Synod translation in the Triglotta edition p. 201 differs, the BkC's "interpretation is not contrary to the text" ),