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Rev. Pastor C.F.W. Walther (first President of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and first president of Concordia Lutheran Seminary, St. Louis) on  Acts 16:  25-34:

 “The Scriptural answer to the question: “What must I do to be saved?” is: “You must believe; hence you are not to do anything at all yourself.” In that sense the apostle answered the question when it was addressed to him. He practically told the jailer: “You are to do nothing but accept what God has done for you, and you have it and become a blessed person.” That is the precious teaching of the divine Word.

Having this doctrine, what exceedingly happy and blessed people we Lutherans are! This teaching takes us to Christ by a straight route. It opens heaven to us when we feel hell in our hearts. It enables us to obtain grace at any moment without losing time by following a wrong way, striving for grace by our own effort, as we sometimes do with a good intention. We can approach Christ directly and say: “Lord Jesus, I am a poor sinner; I know it; that has been my experience in the past, and when I reflect what is going on in my heart now, I must say, that is still my experience. But Thou hast called me by Thy Gospel. I come to Thee just as I am; for I could come no other way.” That is the saving doctrine which the Evangelical Lutheran Church has learned from Christ and the apostles. (emphasis added)

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