Statement adopted by York conv. of The General* Syn. of the Ev. Luth. Ch. in the USA 1864. It reflected a resolution adopted by the Pittsburgh* Syn. at Zelienople Pennsylvania, 1856. Resolution reads: The following preamble and resolutions in reference to alleged errors in the Augsburg Confession were presented and adopted: Resolved, That while this Synod, resting on the Word of God as the sole authority in matters of faith, on its infallible warrant rejects the Romish doctrine of the real presence or transubstantiation and with it the doctrine of consubstantiation; rejects the mass, and ali the ceremonies distinctive of the mass; denies any power in the sacrament as an opus operatum, or that the blessings of baptism, and the Lord's Supper, can be received without faith; rejects auricular confession and priestly absolution; holds that there is no priesthood on earth but that of all believers, and that God only can forgive sins; and maintains the divine obligations of the Sabbath, and while we would with our whole heart reject any part of any confession which taught doctrines in conflict with this our testimony, nevertheless, before God and his church, we declare that, in our judgment, the Augsburg Confession, properly interpreted, is in perfect consistence with this our testimony and with the Holy Scripture as regards the errors specified. Proceedings of the 21st Conv. of the Gen. Syn. of the Ev. Luth. Ch. in the US, Assembled in York, Pennsylvania, May 1864 (Gettysburg, 1864), pp. 3940.
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