In the latest Concordia Journal (July 2008; Volume 34, Number 3), Charles Arand wrote, “… I propose that we proceed to consider this gathering of Christian people within the framework of passive and active righteousness. We are righteous before God by faith, which alone receives the gifts of Christ. It is a passive righteousness. We are righteous within the world by virtue of our activity whereby we serve the neighbor. Here our righteousness is active. The former is the basis for the latter. We seek both but for different purposes. As we saw with Luther’s Small Catechism, what applies to the individual also applies to the church. In some ways, this distinction parallels our distinction between the una sancta and local congregations. The assembly that gathers around the throne of the lamb (coram Deo) and is hidden from the world also gathers within this world and carries out activities in plain sight of people within the world (coram mundo). So just as the individual Christian lives in two relationships, so the church also lives in two inseperable yet distinct realms. The church coram deo lives from the Word of God, and coram mundo it lives to deliver the Word of God to others” (“What are Ecclesiologically Challenged Lutherans To Do? Starting Points for a Lutheran Ecclesiology,” 162-63).