Chapter A14, “The Means by Which Theology Accomplishes Its Purpose”
How does theology bring people to faith in Christ and lead them to salvation? It does so only through the means God has appointed, which Pieper identifies as the Gospel. We may be tempted to use all sorts of wisdom, compulsion, social pressure, and the like. Yet God gives us none of these means. Only the Gospel imparts God’s grace (2 Cor. 3:5; Acts 20:24).
Some suggest that theology accomplishes its purpose through ruling Church government. Yet the government of the Church exists only to serve the Gospel. It is the good news of Jesus and only that which brings faith and salvation.