Using “Quote of the Day” last week was a little misleading, or a least inaccurate, as not every day has a quote on this blog. So, instead, on with the “Quote of the Week”:
This quote is an interesting thought I ran across in Pieper. There’s been quite a bit of discussion as of late about confirmation at my church, and I think Pieper has a quote which certainly brings perspective to the matter.
“We must beware of supplanting Baptism with confirmation. There is a trend in our day, also among Lutherans, to exalt confirmation at the expense of Baptism. Dr. Walther (Pastorale, p.266) issues this caution: ‘The pastor must guard against representing confirmation as a complement or supplement of Baptism received in infancy, as though, e.g., the confirmand now for the first time makes the confession and pledge given by his sponsors his own. Rather the rite of confirmation should primarily serve vividly to recall to the confirmands, as well as to the entire confgregation present, the glory of their Baptism, received in infancy. To invest confirmation with a sacramental character is one of the aberrations so prevalent today, particularly among those who want to be regarded, above others, as strictly Lutheran and churchly.'” – F. Pieper – Christian Dogmatics: Volume III
Wait…confirmation isn’t a sacrament?! :0)
Would the DCE like to weight in?