Commentary on the Barmen Declaration: Sixth Article
The fourth article of the Barmen Declaration discusses the proper leadership of the church. This article more than the previous articles is most pertinent in its original context. The church in the West has never been the same since the corruption of the German national church.
Leading into the conclusion is a resounding affirmation to the authority of Jesus Christ and His word. The declaration has affirmed the Lordship of Christ and how he rules (See Part 1 & Part 2). Now we are assured of His residing presence with us. On this basis the certain church may respond.
It may perhaps surprise the church that its freedom lies in its commission. A slave to none as the slave to all. So as the church brings the service of Christ's word through preaching and the sacraments than the church is expressing its freedom. One cannot minimize the proper administration of the sacraments as freedom.