A Study Of Christian Doctrine
God’s Word and Luther’s doctrine endure now and forever
To The Reader
Who has the right to call?
The right to call belongs to those to whom God has originally given the power of the Office of the Keys, in other words, to believers in Christ. (See
What kind of a power is the Office of the Keys?
What does the power of the Office of the Keys include?
The Lutheran Confessions: “It is necessary for the Church to retain the authority to call, elect, and ordain ministers.” (Smalcald Articles).
The Office of the Keys and Confession
The Office of the Public Ministry
The Sacraments and Confession