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Ingratitude is the greatest danger to the church


Those Lutherans who realize what they have received know well the adversaries who are anxious to tear the precious possession from them, know the dangers that threaten them and their church. If pure doctrine is confessed and is indigenous to a given locale, it is due to God’s pure grace. It is God who by grace proffers true doctrine and knowledge. And what he grants us by grace, he wants also to preserve for us by grace. If pure doctrine disappears from a locale where it is indigenous it is man’s fault. . . . And, of course, it is man’s ingratitude that causes them to lose God’s gift. The gravest danger we have to fear is ingratitude.

George Stoeckhardt, quoted in “Karl Georg Stoeckhardt: His life and labor to preserve Walther’s legacy” by Dan Woodring

http://www.confessionallutherans.org/papers/stoecky.html

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