If Only Our Adversaries Were Still Charging Us

“By means of God’s grace, we, too, intend to persist in this same confession until our blessed end and to appear before the judgment seat of our Lord Jesus Christ with a joyful, undaunted heart and conscience. And we further hope that from now on our adversaries will spare us, our churches, and their ministers that tiresome charge, in which they pretend that we are uncertain of our faith and for that reason have to make a new confession almost every year or month” (“Preface to the Book of Concord” in The Book of Concord Kolb-Wengert Edition [Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2000], 11).