proof texting

"Proof-texts are necessary for establishing the doctrinal foundation, but hardly the exhaustive use of the Bible... Faith is based on God's words, specifically the assurances found in divine promises. Lutheranism is built on proof-texts. The Small Catechism grounds the human words of Luther in specific divine passages. It asks for proof in a citation: "which are these words and promises of God?" Only if the words are divine is the discussion closed and certainty assured: "This is most certainly true." A critic, who has the modernist spirit, cannot utter this confession." -Pr Philip Hale (editor, Christian News), in his book "Confessing the Scriptural Christ against Modern Idolatry" pg 168-169.