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Lutherans: Worship Styles, traditional hymns, praise teams
traditional hymns, praise teams, sectarian groups: Tanya, Thanks for your question. Although there is a great deal of unity in the LCMS on matters directly related to doctrine and theology, this worship style issue that you mention is one area where we have not been able to attain the same level of agreement...

Lutherans: Sacraments, church polity, baptismal regeneration
church polity, baptismal regeneration, infant baptism: Caleb, Thanks for your question. Often the Lutheran answer to theological questions is a sort of third option, as I think you will see on this topic. On most issues, the Roman Catholics classify us as holding the protestant position while the protestants...

Lutherans: Seeming contradiction of Jesus' command and Easter evening, authenticity of the bible, resurrection appearance
authenticity of the bible, resurrection appearance, seeming contradiction: Michael, Thanks for your question. The assumed contradiction that you mention has been a favorite of people seeking to undermine the authenticity of the Bible for quite some time. However, this is an impressively simple discrepancy to solve, because...

Lutherans: Unbaptized babies of believers, lcms church, unbaptized babies
lcms church, unbaptized babies, infant baptism: Hello, Andrew, In my opinion, based on what I have seen in the Bible, I don t think God answered that question! Matthew 28:19 commands us to baptize all nations. It doesn t say all nations except young children. We are to baptize and teach, simultaneously....

Lutherans: Lutheran annulment, martin eldred, brokenness
martin eldred, brokenness, annulments: Barb: Thank you for question and congratulations on your future wedding. No, we Lutherans do not recognized religious annulments of marriage. For us, divorce is divorce, a unfortunate part of the brokenness that is part of our humanity. It is a fracture,...

Lutherans: Marriage in the church, missouri synod lutheran church, missouri synod church
missouri synod lutheran church, missouri synod church, missouri synod lutheran: Hello, Chris, As far as I know, Missouri Synod won t refuse to marry a baptized Lutheran to a non-baptized person. I am aware of at least one case. It probably varies with the pastor, though, and he s the one to ask. That said, your daughter is probably...

Lutherans: Can I be accepted into the Lutheran Faith, lutheran faith, short periods
lutheran faith, short periods, brokenness: Lisa: Thank you for your question. I appreciate your struggles to maintain a healthy, life-giving relationship while wondering how it all fits into God s plan for our lives. IT sounds to me as you have really tried to do what is right and have now...

Lutherans: Communion Wine -- Heart Patients, communion wine, wine heart
communion wine, wine heart, sewing thimble: Glen, Thanks for your question. This is a concern pastors often must address, not only for heart patients, but also for pregnant women as well as people recovering from drug or alcohol dependence. I m not sure of the synod has officially consulted...

Lutherans: Copy of Baptismal Records, elca synod, martin eldred
elca synod, martin eldred, synod office: Laura: Congratulations on your engagement, and thank you for your question. I am surprised that the congregation in which you are getting married is requiring you to produce a copy of your Baptismal Certificates. They will not merely take the dates...

Lutherans: Lutherans vs. Presbyterian Church USA, presbyterian church usa, doctrinal positions
presbyterian church usa, doctrinal positions, usa greetings: Tim, Thanks for your question. If you were asking about LCMS vs. PC-USA, there would be a number of differences to list. With the ELCA, it s a little more difficult to nail down because neither the ELCA nor the PC-USA have a high degree of uniformity...

Lutherans: spiritual disciplines, lutheran piety, spiritual disciplines
lutheran piety, spiritual disciplines, richard rohr: Jake: Thank you for your question. The practice of certain spiritual disciplines, such as fasting, silence, and solitude have traditionally not been a part of Lutheran piety and practice. There may be many reasons for this. It may stem from our Northern...

Lutherans: Interpretations, lutheran church elca, papal encyclicals
lutheran church elca, papal encyclicals, wisconsin synod: Hello, Shawn, You have a very good question. Thank you for asking! The answer has a number of facets, so I will cover each of them relatively briefly. First, I don t recommend ELCA. They have largely departed from the faith once handed down from the...

Lutherans: joining church, good news club, joining church
good news club, joining church, communion service: Don, I would like to help with your question, but I don t think I have enough information, because there are no Bible commands regarding things like ages for church membership. However, each denomination has set up a structure which seems the most wise...

Lutherans: significant other non believer, 1 corinthians 7, unbelieving spouse
1 corinthians 7, unbelieving spouse, new believer: Hello, michael, Here is the passage you are asking about: 1 Corinthians 7 12. But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away. 13. And the woman...

Lutherans: Worship and follow who?, roman catholic theology, lutheran church elca
roman catholic theology, lutheran church elca, protestant traditions: Shawn, Thanks for your question. Your questions about the validity of Lutheran and protestant churches are very common among Roman Catholics. I think the obstacle you are struggling with arises from some presuppositions which underlie Roman Catholic...

Lutherans: bible question..., messiah jesus, jesus prayer
messiah jesus, jesus prayer, bible question: Karina: Thank you for your query. I find your question, however, a series of complex and confusing questions mixed with statements and biblical interpretations. I really cannot find what you question really is, so if you could condense it, I might be able...

Lutherans: Communion, klan member, wisconsin synod
klan member, wisconsin synod, model constitution: Cheryl: Thank you for your question. You raise a very important question, when do we as Lutherans every ex-communicate a member? My quick response -- very, very rarely. In our ELCA model constitution (which the vast majority of congregations have...

Lutherans: True Presence, catholic priesthood, mother god
Lutherans: True Presence, catholic priesthood, mother god, blood of jesus

Lutherans: WELS and LCMS and Current Issues
Lutherans: WELS and LCMS and Current Issues

Lutherans: True Presence (follow-up), lutheran sunday school, true presence
lutheran sunday school, true presence, images of mary: Hello, Rachel, It is so much fun to read your messages! I haven t started writing an article; I am just thinking about doing it. I have a small section on my web site where I have put a couple of essays about why I am not a Catholic. Luther also struggled...

Lutherans: True Presence, jesus and the apostles, fruit of the vine
jesus and the apostles, fruit of the vine, true presence: Hello, Rachel, Wow! Maybe you should be one of the experts here! That was quite a good explanation of why some Catholic teachings make no sense! Unfortunately, my time is short at the moment. So I won t be able to write much. This is my personal belief,...

Lutherans: WELS and LCMS and Current Issues, message paraphrase, lcms pastor
message paraphrase, lcms pastor, lcms congregation: Wally, Thanks for your question. I apologize for my delay in responding. My family recently returned from an out-of-state funeral for a relative, and since our return, I have been responsible for planning two funerals in my own congregations. I have...

Lutherans: The worship of God vs. sin, reformation study bible, bible ten commandments
reformation study bible, bible ten commandments, exodus war: Raymond: Sorry for the delay, I was very sick all last week and am just back in the office today. You raise a very interesting question, What if our first parents had not sinned? There is no way to know for certain, but I think it is a fascinating...

Lutherans: the ark of the new covenant, bible translator, filthy rags
bible translator, filthy rags, straight word: Hello, Glen, You are talking about him adding the German word allein in his translation. The fact is, adding that word does not change the meaning of the text. It is common for a Bible translator to do something of that nature if it is needed for clarity....

Lutherans: "Biblical Christianity", justin martyr, scripture portions
justin martyr, scripture portions, liturgical colors: Hello, Jenna, I am saying that Justin Martyr said some things that border on the heretical. I didn t say he was a heretic. I base my opinion on Martyr and Luther on whether or not their views are in agreement with the Bible, just as I always judge whether...

Lutherans: "Biblical Christianity", justin martyr, beginning of christianity
justin martyr, beginning of christianity, biblical christianity: Hello, Jenna, You basically attacked me with this message. I am not here to argue with you and I WILL NOT ARGUE WITH YOU. Tone it down, or I will stop responding. Yes, the sentence makes sense. 150 AD is 70 years after the last book of the New Testament...

Lutherans: "Biblical Christianity", old testament times, orthodox christian doctrine
old testament times, orthodox christian doctrine, books of the new testament: Hello, Jenna, It s real simple. If some very powerful organization departs from historic and orthodox Christian doctrine, then if a smaller group rejects these changes, that smaller group returns to biblical Christianity. The modern-day Roman Catholic church...

Lutherans: error in true presence dialog, pope damasus, catholic catechism
pope damasus, catholic catechism, baltimore catechism: Hello, Glen, I m real short on patience right now, and it has nothing to do with you. But I will try to address some of what you said. There are only two occasions in Sacred Scripture the term full of grace is used And your point is? Wouldn t the...

Lutherans: error in true presence dialog, protestant sects, catholics and protestants
Lutherans: error in true presence dialog, protestant sects, catholics and protestants, council of constantinople

Lutherans: I'm so lost!, gift of faith, relationship with god
Lutherans: I'm so lost!, gift of faith, relationship with god, gospel truth

Lutherans: Specific Differences between UMC and ELCA, sacrament of holy communion, wesleyan quadrilateral
Lutherans: Specific Differences between UMC and ELCA, sacrament of holy communion, wesleyan quadrilateral, methodist episcopal church

Lutherans: family & faith - priorities, faith journeys, christian denomination
faith journeys, christian denomination, different faiths: Lara: Thank you for your question. I an so sorry for the conflict that has arisen in your life about this. I would, in my own opinion, agree with you that family is really more important than what Christian denomination you attend or don t attend. I...

Lutherans: forgiveness, step prayers, simple prayers
step prayers, simple prayers, ill feelings: Katie: Sorry for the delay, our State Assembly/Convention was this week. I am sorry for your situation. Forgiveness and letting go is so much harder than it sounds. So is trusting someone who has given you cause to not trust him. One of the things...

Lutherans: I'm so lost!, lord and savior, believing in god
lord and savior, believing in god, relationship with god: Hello, Chessa, First, please don t apologize for the length of your question. The more people tell me about what they are thinking, the better I am able to respond. And you re welcome. A child should be baptized as soon as possible, long before there...

Lutherans: Specific Differences between UMC and ELCA, no trespassing signs, umc website
no trespassing signs, umc website, armenian theology: Matt: Thanks for your question. Here are some more basic comparisons between the UMC and the ELCA. Lutherans tend hold to the primacy of scripture in terms of authority over the Weslyan Quadrilateral which holds four modes of authority: scripture,...

Lutherans: True Presence (follow-up 2), ovulation and fertilization, forms of contraception
ovulation and fertilization, forms of contraception, what the bible says about marriage: Hi, Rachel, From what you said, I think you are both emotionally and spiritually a virgin. I realize there is a lot of emotional baggage that attaches to being raped, but you know that you never willingly had sex. It is possible you have a medical condition...

Lutherans: True Presence (Follow-up 3), vicar of christ, first pope
vicar of christ, first pope, true presence: Hi, Rachel, Thank you for the kind words. I don t know if the Lutheran church ever refuses communion to its members. It would depend on the individual pastor. I do know they deny communion to baptized but unconfirmed children, and I don t personally...

Lutherans: Abortion?, lutheran church missouri synod, church missouri synod
lutheran church missouri synod, church missouri synod, lesser of two evils: Jayden: Thank you for your question and sorry for the delay. When talking about views held by American Lutherans on theological and social issues, it is important to remember that there are two main Lutheran denominations in the U.S.: the Evangelical Lutheran...

Lutherans: Abortion?, lutheran church missouri synod, church missouri synod
lutheran church missouri synod, church missouri synod, evangelical lutheran church: G day, Jayden, I am not familiar with the Lutheran Church in Australia. So I can t tell you anything about its positions there. You probably would be able to get some information by contacting one or more pro-life groups there. This is a list of such organizations...

Lutherans: Biblical Christianity, wisconsin synod, vernacular translations
wisconsin synod, vernacular translations, missouri synod: Hello, Glen, I doubt seriously that Luther admitted that we would have a Bible without the Catholic Church. I don t know what you have read that you are INTERPRETING to mean he said that. After all, he believed the Pope was the Antichrist. On the contrary,...

Lutherans: Conversion - Calling on the Name of the Lord, pentecostal church international, oneness pentecostal
pentecostal church international, oneness pentecostal, united pentecostal church: Hello, Gregory, That s a very interesting question, and I will take some time to answer each of the criteria you mentioned, but not necessarily in the order you gave them. Lutherans don t speak in tongues. The Lutheran service provides no opportunity...

Lutherans: Abortion?, hebrew scriptures, unborn child
Lutherans: Abortion?, hebrew scriptures, unborn child, fetus

Lutherans: Biblical Christianity, papacy, protestants
Lutherans: Biblical Christianity, papacy, protestants, catholic church

Lutherans: rapture/tribulation, jewish apocalyptic literature, head scratcher
jewish apocalyptic literature, head scratcher, lutheran perspective: Beth: Thank you for your question and sorry for the delay. Theologies about the end times can be very confusing and reading through the book of Revelation can also be a head scratcher, at times. Revelation is part of a genre of literature called,...

Lutherans: True Presence (Follow-up 4), true presence, thinking about children
true presence, thinking about children, genuflecting: Hi, Rachel, As always, you ask some worthwhile and meaty questions. Let s take a look at the Catholic claim that bread and wine are transformed into Jesus body and blood. I have always gotten the impression Catholics believe that this is a physical...

Lutherans: VBS, lcms church, lcms pastor
lcms church, lcms pastor, corinthians 13: Laura: I am so sorry that you are having such problems. While ecumenical ministries are a wonderful idea, it becomes less than a partnership when one party demands more control than the others. I would have a very difficult time working with another pastor...

Lutherans: Christ's death, righteous wrath, holy anger
righteous wrath, holy anger, christus victor: Alex: Thank you for your question, and I am sorry it has taken me a little while respond. There are others views about Christ s death besides the satisfying righteous wrath one. Basically, throughout the history of the church, three have dominated....

Lutherans: True Presence (Follow-Up 5), true presence, presence of god
true presence, presence of god, bread and wine: Hi, Rachel, If we keep this up, we ll be writing a book to each other each time! :) Thank you for the kind words. I do a lot of thinking, and I ve been doing that for nearly seven decades. Hopefully, I ve figured out some things. I also grew up in Missouri...

Lutherans: Baptism and salvation, lutheran catechism, thief on the cross
lutheran catechism, thief on the cross, lutheran faith: Hello, benjamin, No need to thank me for reading your question. You have a very interesting question, though I am not totally clear on what you are asking, but I ll take a stab at it. There is a Canadian Lutheran church which is affiliated with our Missouri...

Lutherans: Christian mysticism, orthodox christian theology, mysticism in christianity
orthodox christian theology, mysticism in christianity, mainstream tradition: Miriam, Thanks for your question. It is correct to say that Mysticism has not at any time been a mainstream element of Christianity. This is primarily because orthodox Christian theology emphasizes the factual nature of Christian truth claims and...

Lutherans: True Presence (Follow-up 6), true presence, priest celibacy
true presence, priest celibacy, mithraism: Hi, Rachel, You commented on my knowledge. It helps when you have belonged to the Lutheran church for many decades, to know a couple of things, anyway. I don t want to talk about bad entities, though. No forgiveness necessary for mentioning Jesus at...

Lutherans: Catholic to Lutheran Conversion, elca lutheran church, confirmation in the catholic church
elca lutheran church, confirmation in the catholic church, martin eldred: Allen: My profound apologies in missing your question. I was traveling and this got lost in transition. My basic answer is to check with your local pastor, but I would generally say that if you were joining an ELCA Lutheran church, there would be no...

Lutherans: Divorce of Lutheran marriage, roman catholic sisters, forgiveness and reconciliation
roman catholic sisters, forgiveness and reconciliation, lutheran marriage: Josette: I am sorry for the delay in answering, I am traveling oversees and should have set my setting to vacation mode. Thank you for your question. In short, Lutherans do not recognize an ecclesiastical annulment. Marriages are dissolved, period...

Lutherans: Spirit Baptism or Water Baptism, spirit baptism, water baptism
spirit baptism, water baptism, baptismal regeneration: Thanks for your question. I actually answered your first question in an article for our local newspaper last year. You are pretty much on target with your explanation. You can find further information in my articles at: http://lutheranreformission.blogspot.com/2010/09/my-article-from-todays-algona-upper-des.html...

Lutherans: Lutheran approach to confirmation for disabled, friendship ministries, disability ministries
friendship ministries, disability ministries, elca church: Virgil: Thank you for your question. I once had a Confirmation class with a young person (who also happened to be my nephew) who was on the Autism/Asberger s spectrum. He had been asked to leave from one Lutheran church s program, and came to ours. Fortunately,...

Lutherans: buddhism, christianity salvation, wheel of rebirth, pain sorrow
wheel of rebirth, pain sorrow, world religions: Sakura, Thanks for your question. As an college instructor of world religions, the question you are describing sounds a lot like an assignment I often give to the students in my classes. For Christians, the thing that one is saved from is eternal...

Lutherans: ELCA vs Methodist-Presbyterian-Episcopalian, presbyterian church usa, presbyterian denomination
presbyterian church usa, presbyterian denomination, elca church: Ryan, Thanks for your question. I apologize for my delay in responding. Several demands in my congregation have kept me away from the office for the past several days. The degree of similarity between the denominations you mention will depend a great...

Lutherans: Lutherans and Jews, evangelical lutheran church, dietrich bonhoeffer
evangelical lutheran church, dietrich bonhoeffer, evangelical lutheran church in america: Ovadiah: Thank you for your question. The relationship between the Jewish and Lutheran communities has often been a strained one. Luther, towards the end of his life, wrote an infamous anti-Semitic treatise, On the Jews and Their Lies , which while...

Lutherans: Adoptism
Hello, James, Thank you very much for the kind rating. By the way, I am not a pastor. I am simply a person who has been a Lutheran nearly all my life, and who has studied deeply in many relevant subjects. I have been regarded as an expert particularly in...

Lutherans: The book of Joel
Judy: Thank you for your question. It is my understanding that you are in agreement with most Old Testament scholars on this. The prophet, like all of the prophets, uses metaphor and imagery to convey a powerful message to the people of God. As you...

Lutherans: gospel of water and holy spirit
Mahesh, Thanks for your question. I apologize for the delay in responding, but I had to spend a significant amount of time researching this site to see what they were teaching. After scanning through the site for quite some time, I honestly have to...

Lutherans: Infant-communion
Michael, Thanks for your question. This is an item that has popped up a few times in the past 20 or so years in the LCMS. I remember it surfaced last around the time I arrived at the seminary (11-12 years ago), and a few times prior. Usually this is...

Lutherans: perfect
Hello, gawynne, This refers to the completed Bible. This is what is taught in the Lutheran Church. Lutheran services do not include speaking in tongues, nor provide for them to happen. According to the Bible, tongues means the ability to be heard in a language...

Lutherans: symbolism of unique cross in church
Michelle: Thank you for your question, I am sorry I was delayed in responding to you. I would agree that this is an unusual cross, a mixture of symbols that I have not seen before. My guess is that the artist was somehow giving homage to the total witness...

Lutherans: Coming to LCMS from Lutheranism in France
Clint, Thanks for your question. I apologize for the delay in responding. LCMS schools staff teaching positions in 2 ways: The first, and more traditional, way is the called teacher. These teachers are certified as Lutheran School teachers, listed...

Lutherans: Lutheran confusion!
Lutherans: Lutheran confusion!

Lutherans: Lutheran confusion!
Hello, Robert, I agree with you that the ceremonies are important. They teach us of the majesty of God (in the Catholic church, they also teach the majesty of the bishops and all that stuff, but you won t run into that in the Lutheran church). They also...

Lutherans: Ordination
Dustin: Thank you for your email. I am not completely certain on this, but I think you are able to attend Iliff and still be okay for ELCA ordination. I think you may, however, need to supplement that with a year or part of a year at a Seminary. The...

Lutherans: question about Lutheranism
Joseph, Thanks for your question. This can be an interesting topic, since most Christians who find out that Lutherans do retain private confession simply assume that it is the same as the Roman Catholics, and at the same time, many Lutherans do not even...

Lutherans: God, god loves the world, personal exploration
god loves the world, personal exploration, christian friend: Andrew, I m sorry to hear that you are under the impression God does not love you. Because this question is so personal, and so broad, it could really only be answered properly in a conversation, and I could never do justice to it in a forum such as...

Lutherans: THE KJV HOLY BIBLE AND IT'S SOURCES, kjv holy bible, lutheran christians
kjv holy bible, lutheran christians, first five books: Lew: Thank you for your question. As Lutheran Christians, we believe that the Holy Bible is the Word of God, insofar as it points to Christ. (Martin Luther) Jesus Christ is the Word of God (John 1) and the Bible contains the witness of Jesus Christ for...

Lutherans: Concern about unpardonable sin, sacred relics, sin against the holy spirit
sacred relics, sin against the holy spirit, sexual immorality: David, Thanks for your question. This topic is one that has troubled Christians for generations, because it can be so difficult to discern precisely what sin it is Jesus is talking about. I have written on this for another reader on this site at:...

Lutherans: Diverse Thinking in LCMS, lutheran church missouri synod, church missouri synod
lutheran church missouri synod, church missouri synod, roman catholic church: Justin, Thanks for your question. I m glad you have been researching so carefully and comparing the teachings of the various denominations against the Scriptures to conclude who is most consistent with the truth. In the LC-MS, there is (whether for...

Lutherans: not being married, adultery, conscience
Lutherans: not being married, adultery, conscience, truth

Lutherans: LCMS vs ELS, lutheran denominations, family disagreement
lutheran denominations, family disagreement, pastoral office: The relationship between the WELS, ELS, and LCMS is kind of like a long family disagreement. They are so close, but a few issues divide them and for some clergy and congregations, those few issues are the source of a great deal more animosity and condemnations...

Lutherans: Lutherans and Calvinists in The Netherlands, dutch reformed church, kingdom of the netherlands
dutch reformed church, kingdom of the netherlands, protestant parents: Stephen, thanks for your question. It appears the merger you reference occurred in the year 2004, when three denominations (One Lutheran and two Calvinist) merged to form the Protestant Church in the Netherlands. Prior to this merger, the Lutheran group...

Lutherans: Marriage questions, cousin marriage, marriage questions
cousin marriage, marriage questions, eyes of god: Anya: Thank you for your question. I am not certain if there is any Lutheran take on marrying one s cousin. I believe that we would follow local laws as they are applicable. In many states, it is permissible under certain circumstances. The basic concern...

Lutherans: not being married, elca lutheran church, legal marriage
elca lutheran church, legal marriage, way of the heart: Sharon: Thank you for your question. Sometimes life does present us with some usual and complex situations, doesn t it? I understand your dilemma and your need to maintain your insurance. While marriage is the preferable situation most of the time,...

Lutherans: Pastors doing Weddings for Co-habitating Couples, pre marital counseling, biblical perspective
pre marital counseling, biblical perspective, lcms: Thanks for your question. This is one of the more difficult questions that pastors who still hold to a Biblical morality must face. I know at seminary it is one of the most frequently debated topics among fourth year students. Notice how I said it is...

Lutherans: Salvation Without Faith, lutheran church missouri synod, church missouri synod
lutheran church missouri synod, church missouri synod, belief in god: Hello, Justin, I think we have talked before, and it has been awhile! It is good to receive this question. It is a difficult one, and I will give you the Lutheran teaching and then add a few of my own opinions. To begin with, we are taught that NONE...

Lutherans: A Seeker, inerrancy of scripture, conservative evangelicalism
inerrancy of scripture, conservative evangelicalism, female ordination: Thank you for your question, sorry for the delay. I would say that the Bible is the word of God since it points to THE Word of God--Jesus Christ (Cf. John 1:1). Luther made that distinction that the Bible is the manger where the Word of God (Jesus)...

Lutherans: Lutheran compared to Catholic, elca lutheran church, martin eldred
elca lutheran church, martin eldred, eucharistic table: Donna: Thank you for your email. Yes, you would be welcome at the Table in any ELCA Lutheran church of which I am aware. We tend not to have a thought police policy when it comes to the Eucharistic Table, and practice an open table where all are...

Lutherans: righteousness, greek root word, very rare occasions
greek root word, very rare occasions, messiah jesus: Ray, Thanks for your question. The idea of righteousness in the Bible can be a difficult one, especially for self-reliant members of western societies. Another term, justification (which actually comes from the same Greek root word) causes similar...

Lutherans: Vows taken by slaves in the Old Testament, martin eldred, lutheran bible institute
martin eldred, lutheran bible institute, genesis class: Pastor: I am not an Old Testament expert, and I no longer have some of my more academic Genesis commentaries, but I will venture an answer. What I remember from my Genesis class in college, was that putting your hand under the thigh was a euphemism...

Lutherans: women ministers, evangelical lutheran synod, lutheran church missouri synod
evangelical lutheran synod, lutheran church missouri synod, wisconsin evangelical lutheran synod: Cecelia: Thank you for your question. Of the three main Lutheran bodies in the US, the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS); the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS); and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), only the ELCA currently...

Lutherans: Marriage, martin eldred, elca congregation
martin eldred, elca congregation, wedding weddings: Dale: Thank you for your question. I would imagine that you will be fine with the ELCA as you officiate at your sister s wedding. I am not aware of any set policy that would forbid a layperson performing a wedding. Weddings are actually affairs of...

Lutherans: adult baptism, adult baptism, adult instruction
adult baptism, adult instruction, infants and young children: With infants and young children, they are usually Baptized first and instructed later. They would then be confirmed, in acknowledgment of the gifts given to them in Baptism, after their instruction. With adults, the order is reversed among Lutherans. ...

Lutherans: ancestors, land spirits, giving up, land spirits, christianity god
land spirits, christianity god, european religion: Rose, Thanks for your question. Your experience is very similar to what is reported by many people who become Christians after being raised in a different religion. I will begin by reinforcing what I find to be one of the most-comforting truths about...

Lutherans: Golden Rule - Pat G, scripture and tradition, religious tenets
scripture and tradition, religious tenets, religious scripture: Hello, Peja, Your question is totally puzzling to me. This is not an analysis that a Christian would make. It sounds seriously like you are unfamiliar with the central teachings of the Christian faith. I would like to look at this from a perspective derived...

Lutherans: My Wife and I, lcms congregation, lc ms
lcms congregation, lc ms, religious affiliation: Justin, Thanks for reading and for sending your questions. I apologize for the delay in answering your question. Somehow the message notifying me of your submission got lost in the system and I only found out about it today. For individuals considering...

Lutherans: Body, lutheran theology, spiritual manner
lutheran theology, spiritual manner, lutheran services: Lutherans teach, along with Scripture that the bread eaten in the Lord s Supper is the body of Christ. This is in contrast to the Roman Catholic teaching that the bread becomes the body of Christ and is no longer bread, in spite of appearance. It is...

Lutherans: forgiveness, 2 corinthians 5, righteousness of god
2 corinthians 5, righteousness of god, jesus blood: Oh, Peter, I am so sorry! Your situation is a really good example of why forgiving someone is critically important for one s own well being. The person doing the forgiving benefits the most! I recommend you have a talk with God. Tell Him you are incapable...

Lutherans: Seminaries, careful bible study, confessional lutheranism
careful bible study, confessional lutheranism, church growth principles: Thanks for your question. I am thankful to hear of your discovery of and appreciation for Confessional Lutheranism. While our two seminaries are both first-class institutions and among the best in the world, the differences you perceive are based upon...

Lutherans: God and Jesus, old testament times, lord jesus christ
old testament times, lord jesus christ, 1 corinthians 11: Hello, Brenton, What you are asking about is the concept of the Trinity. This is a difficult concept for many people to understand. I will do my best to answer your questions. There is only one God. This is made clear throughout the entire Bible. However,...

Lutherans: Jesus and God, trinitarian theology, apostles creed
trinitarian theology, apostles creed, lord jesus christ: Brenton: Thank you for your question. I apologize for my tardiness, some health issues have kept me away for a bit. In classic, orthodox Christianity, God is described as a Trinity: Father, Son, Holy Spirit. In the first three to four centuries after...

Lutherans: The miracles of Jesus.
Jim, Thanks for your question. I m glad you found the previous question on the unforgivable sin beneficial. You bring up an interesting question regarding the source of power for Jesus miracles. While this is debated in evangelical circles, it is...

Lutherans: Trinity, father son and holy spirit, athanasian creed
father son and holy spirit, athanasian creed, lord jesus christ: Brenton, Thanks for your question. The God described in the Bible is one God who eternally exists as three persons--Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These persons are not three parts of a single god or three separate Gods. While each of the three persons...

Lutherans: CONFIRMATION
Martin Luther was born into a Roman Catholic family in 15th century Germany, and therefore received all the Sacraments of the Roman Catholic Church (including Baptism, Reconciliation, Confirmation, Eucharist, and Ordination) through the time of his excommunication....

Lutherans: Archangels
Loreen, Thanks for your question. From your brief description, this sounds like those sort of emails that are forwarded around by people for inspirational purposes. I ve seen many similar messages, but unfortunately, these are more superstition than truth....

Lutherans: ELCA and Presbyterians
Tim: Thank you for your question, and sorry about not getting right back to you. So often our experience with being part of any church really boils down to the local level. We may agree or disagree with a denomination or a position that that denomination...

Lutherans: Special Divine Action - Pat G
Hello, Pejam, This question contains no personal information about you, and other people may appreciate my answer, so I have made the question public. I m not at all sure what you are expecting of me. This looks like some kind of guidelines for a research...

Lutherans: Divorce & remarriage
Tammi: Thank you for your question. First, let me say how very sorry I am to hear of your situation. I sounds as if you have been through a great deal of stress and grief. I pray things get better for your and your family. Second, I want to be clear...

Lutherans: homosexual marriage in the church
Hello, patrick, Much of what I will tell you here might properly be called my personal opinion as a lifelong Lutheran, Missouri Synod. But let me start with some Lutheran perspectives as background. Luther taught that the church (the body of Christ) is...

Lutherans: Your Advice Please, lutheran synods, confirmation classes
lutheran synods, confirmation classes, adult confirmation: First off, I must admit that I DON T know how to advise you on handling this . It will come down to you and your fiancee finding agreement on your next step. You have found for yourself that WELS is strict and that is not going to change. Your fiancee...

Lutherans: Age o Earth ?, human ancestor, molten ball
human ancestor, molten ball, young earth: Evolutionists have claimed such findings many times. The evolutionary problem is that if Darwin were correct, they would find thousands of transition fossils for every full species. These have not been found, causing a change in Darwin s theory. They...

Lutherans: ALCC, lutheran church missouri synod, church missouri synod
lutheran church missouri synod, church missouri synod, lutheran church missouri: Louis: Wow! I had never heard of the ALCC. They are using an ELCA seminary (Wittenburg). I am surprised that they have LCMS roots (I could not find that reference). They appear to blend the Lutheran and Catholic beliefs, and will probably not be accepted...

Lutherans: American Lutheran Church verses Missouri Synod, american lutheran church, synod lutheran church
american lutheran church, synod lutheran church, elca women: Tom: Thank you for your question. I apologize for the delay; I have been distracted by some other matters the past few days. If I were to characterize the main differences between the ELCA and the LCMS, I would say that the Mo Synod tends to be a lot...

Lutherans: Antichrist, martin eldred, roman catholic church
martin eldred, roman catholic church, selling of indulgences: No, it is definitely not true that the Lutheran church teaches that the Pope is the anti-Christ. It is true that Martin Luther used that phrase in conjunction with the two Popes with which he dealt. Let me set those comments in some context. First, Luther...

Lutherans: The Apostles Creed, apostles creed, holy catholic church
apostles creed, holy catholic church, rc church: Larry: You are correct, that the RC Church claims to be founded by Christ, through Peter. That is their claim only. The original Christian Church split in the begining of the 11th century to form the Roman Catholic and the Orthodox Church. The split...

Lutherans: Atheism, existance of god, what is an atheist
existance of god, what is an atheist, faith life: Piper: An athiest is someone who denies the existance of God. How did you become a Christian? God instructs us to obey those in authority, unless they tell us to do something God tell us is wrong. Studying God s Word would be such an obedient act....

Lutherans: Attending a service, elca lutherans, new comers
elca lutherans, new comers, traditional prayers: Kelly: First, let me express my congratulations on both the impending birth of your child and of your wedding. I would hope greatly that you would be accepted. A lot can depend, however, onf the congregation and the overall culture of where you live,...

Lutherans: being an active member, letter in the mail, new preacher
letter in the mail, new preacher, commentment: Angie: Your question is difficult to answer. First of all, many churches have commitment Sundays where people commit to giving a certian amount or % of income. The goal is often stated as a tithe or 10% of income. I have heard of Catholic and...

Lutherans: afterlife, verses from the bible, believe in jesus christ
verses from the bible, believe in jesus christ, god jesus: Absolutly not! EVERYONE who believes is saved. God desperatly love you and misses you (if you are away from the faith). He sent Jesus to DIE a hideous, painful, forsaken death, to pay for our sins, since we cannot. With the sins thus paid for, there is no...

Lutherans: against Jesus, jesus on the mountain, jewish authorities
jesus on the mountain, jewish authorities, way to god: The second question is a bit easier. Moses was several thousand years before Christ, and he spoke with God on Mount Sinai, although Jesus was present in his pre-incarnate state, which just means that He was there, but without a body. Everyone turned against...

Lutherans: angels, lower than the angels, prince of this world
lower than the angels, prince of this world, god thanks: There is little which says that angels are more inteligent than man. Here is the only one that I can remember. It is speaking of Jesus according to His human nature first and then His divine nature: Heb 2:6-8 What is man that you are mindful of him,...

Lutherans: Baptisim, child god, lutheran churches
child god, lutheran churches, baptisim: Thank you for your question. Lutherans emphasize Baptism a great deal. In the water of baptism, combined wit the Word of God and God s promise, this sacrament brings God s grace in a physical way to the person being baptized. God s claims the person and...

Lutherans: Baptism, lutheran congregations, female cousins
lutheran congregations, female cousins, lutheran confessions: Having sponsors for a child to be baptized is NOT a doctrinal matter and there are no laws concerning this in the Lutheran confessions of faith. The baptismal services used in Lutheran congregations vary greatly in the various groups and in different...

Lutherans: Baptism, baptism certificate, stoneburner
baptism certificate, stoneburner, true record: David: I guess one could re-assign the Godparents obligations to another person, you cannot remove a sponsor from a certificate. I have never heard of any such thing. The true record is located in the church of baptism, not on the certificate. ...

Lutherans: Baptism, childrens bibles, bible verse
childrens bibles, bible verse, catchy tunes: Dear Milissa, I still have my gifts from my confirmation and baptism. They hang on the wall of my apartment. I ve got two crosses, in differant styles. My baptismal cross is really sweet, because at the center of the cross, there s a little girl praying....

Lutherans: Baptism, martin eldred, rite of baptism
martin eldred, rite of baptism, bible study: Alexis: Thank you for your question. Certainly, there are no hard and fast requirements for being baptized other than the willingness that you exhibit. Now while I cannot speak for your pastor, but I would imagine that he or she is using the classes...

Lutherans: Baptism for the Dead (by proxy), jesus resurrection, teaching of jesus
jesus resurrection, teaching of jesus, baptism for the dead: This is a very obscure passage which has no clarification anywhere in the Bible. Many interpretations have been made but they have no basis to make them into doctrines; they are only opinion. To be a doctrine, there should be at least two places in Scripture...

Lutherans: Baptism gift, baptism gift, childs birthday
baptism gift, childs birthday, god father: Tough question because I never considered it. Babys usually arent aware of gifts at this age so you might get something for the future. A Bible (New International Version of even The Message) with the childs birthday and baptismal date printed in it..or...

Lutherans: Baptism and Marriage, roman catholic church, christian baptism
roman catholic church, christian baptism, lutheran churches: Megan: Lutheran churches recognize marriage by any other denomination or group. This is NOT true with the Roman Catholic church. Again, with baptism, Lutherans recognize any Christian baptism. Roman Catholics may or may not, I think some priests may...

Lutherans: Baptism requirements, sacrament of baptism, lutheran faith
sacrament of baptism, lutheran faith, lutheran congregation: Since baptism is a gift from God and He desires that all be baptised, I doubt that a pastor or congregation would deny your baby the sacrament of baptism. But I can not assure you of this since some Christians get stuck under the Law of the Old Testament....

Lutherans: Baptism, triune god, adult confirmation
triune god, adult confirmation, roman catholic church: Derek: If a non-Lutheran Christain wants to join the Lutheran church, they are usually required to attend a new member class or adult confirmation class to learn the Lutheran theology and to be sure they accept it prior to joining. While we practise...

Lutherans: Baptist vs Lutheran, holy spirit works, excepted jesus
holy spirit works, excepted jesus, texas baptists: Liz: Not sure how to answer, since I am LCMS, but I would say that many pastors like to do premarital counseling. Any concerns would be discussed then. I do not think the ELCA has any strong views on the subject of divorce, other than it is a result of...

Lutherans: Belief?, logic and proofs, lutheran religion
logic and proofs, lutheran religion, lutheran beliefs: Nicola: I am not sure I can help much. Only through the Holy Spirit do we come to believe and trust Christ as our Lord and Savior. Apart from this faith, we are lost. Faith is not based on logic and proofs, but on trusting God and His Word (Scripture)....

Lutherans: Beliefs, nicene creed, lutheran confessions
nicene creed, lutheran confessions, other search engines: Dear Lacey, I m so sorry this took me so long. I hope that since last month you could find this yourself, but in case you haven t and still care, here it is. I believe in God the Father almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth, of all that is, seen and unseen....

Lutherans: Beliefs Regarding Salvation, infant baptism, true grace
infant baptism, true grace, lutheranism: Ryan: The means of salvation is a big issue to difference between Lutherans and Baptists. Baptists believe in the decision theology, denying infant baptism. Lutherans hold to salvation being totally from God, true grace, and undeserved. God comes to...

Lutherans: Beliefs, double predestination, obedience to god
double predestination, obedience to god, heavenly lights: The two most important doctrines on which we differ are #1. Predestination. Lutherans believe and teach that God predestines some people to be His children and be converted by the Holy Spirit. And we believe and teach that He does NOT predestine some...

Lutherans: This Bible verse really bother me... Please Help, bible study section, 1 corinthians 14
bible study section, 1 corinthians 14, gender bias: That s a tough one, especialy in our present world of political correctness. Here are the other passages on closely related topics: 1 Tim 2:11-15 11 A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. 12 I do not permit a woman to teach or to have...

Lutherans: Bible, martin eldred, original languages of the bible
martin eldred, original languages of the bible, languages of the bible: Bob: You raise and old question from a long debate over inerrancy. For myself, I have worked through this long ago and, if you will allow me to say so, I think that the reasoning that you cite here is not necessarily true (i.e. if one part is wrong the whole...

Lutherans: Biblical Authority, two edged sword, christian denominations
two edged sword, christian denominations, jehovah witnesses: Eric: I am always eager to have Christian dialog with differing Christian denominations! Scripture does discuss the authority given to the Apostles (who wrote much of the NT). Leadership roles are just that, roles which help organize and lead people in...

Lutherans: Biblical People, stoneburner, second coming
stoneburner, second coming, disciples: Eve: I am not clear about your questions. We know what God has shared with us in scriptures. I do not believe God comes to people in human form today, although he could if he chose to do so. Scripture tells us of Christ s second coming, and it is a public...

Lutherans: Books, martin eldred, lutheran perspective
martin eldred, lutheran perspective, augsburgfortress: Bradley: Great question. I am going to recommend three books that I give to folks new to our congregation. The first, “Being Human: The Image of the Living God” is not Lutheran per se, but was written by an Lutheran pastor that I know. His audience...

Lutherans: Branches of Lutheranism/Finding a Church, lutheran church missouri synod, evangelical lutheran church
lutheran church missouri synod, evangelical lutheran church, elca congregations: There are three large branches of Lutheranism in the USA: The Wisconsin Synod, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. All of them trace their beginnings back to Germany. I belong to the last one listed, the...

Lutherans: baptisim, sacraments of baptism, forgiveness of sins
sacraments of baptism, forgiveness of sins, need forgiveness: Jamie: Where it mentions all need forgiveness of sins. Babies are born sinful and need forgiveness like everyone else. This was understood in the church from the early centuries until the age of reason in Europe when everything had to be explained...

Lutherans: baptism, lutheran congregations, baptismal ceremony
lutheran congregations, baptismal ceremony, christian teachings: Since having sponsors is a tradition and not a biblical matter, individual congregations have a wide variety of practices. In general, the majority of Lutheran congregations seek only to have Christians as sponsors for a child being baptized. The baptismal...

Lutherans: baptism in Jesus' name, lcms pastors, father son and holy spirit
lcms pastors, father son and holy spirit, jesus is god: It really depends on the pastor that you have. I doubt that you would have any problem since, as you may have noticed from the Book of Concord, we have much freedom in forms of worship and find it enough to agree on the Word and Sacraments. This agreement...

Lutherans: baptismal confusion, god parents, first communion
god parents, first communion, godparents: It is very likely that you can be sponsors of a child without belonging to that denomination. But you need to have your friends ask the pastor of that church whether this is acceptable since the traditions of churches do vary. Sponsors is a custom...

Lutherans: who is the beast?, sensitive question, stoneburner
sensitive question, stoneburner, book of daniel: Andy: I m sorry, but I am in the middle of a move and do not have access to my references. If this is not a time-sensitive question, could you please ask me again in about 1 month. I should be unpacked and up and running again by then. Thanks for understanding....

Lutherans: becoming a monk.., becoming a monk, studying law
becoming a monk, studying law, religious experience: He did have a very great and scarey religious experience during which he promised God that he would quit the study of the Law and enter the priesthood. On his way back from school, a bolt of lightening frightened his horse causing him to fall off and get...

Lutherans: what you believe concerning:, roman catholic tradition, martin eldred
roman catholic tradition, martin eldred, wandering spirits: Robert: Thank you for your seasonally timely question. While I cannot specifically speak for Roman Catholics, I can recall no official teaching or opinion, either in the Lutheran or Roman Catholic tradition that would support the concept of ghosts. ...

Lutherans: I believe that worship and faith should have more freedoms, lutheran communion, saints of god
lutheran communion, saints of god, ritualistic practices: Joshua: You raise some excellent points. I would agree that all churches, regardless of denomination, are fallible, broken institutions filled with fallible, broken sinners. None of us have all the answers, or do it perfectly well and we all have our...

Lutherans: believers, professed christians, gabby
professed christians, gabby, specifics: Hi Gabby, That s an interesting question. There is no way to know the number of believers, as only God is judge of a person s faith. You could check an updated encyclopedia to find countries with high proportions of professed Christians. Just keep in mind...

Lutherans: biblical inquiry, interpretation of the bible, marriage contract
interpretation of the bible, marriage contract, rebel territory: Amram: I share in your confusion over divorce. Generally speaking, most churches allow divorced people to remarry with little or no concern. I agree with your interpretation of the Bible, however, which seems to put much more importance on the issue of...

Lutherans: biblical inquiry, newness of life, marriage contract
newness of life, marriage contract, blood of jesus: The light that I have to shed is rather a harsh light and not accepted by even those who call themselves Christians. God is opposed to divorce. It is against His will. But He does allow it because of the weakness of man. In the instances of being...

Lutherans: bishops, statues, lutheran bishops, anglican service
lutheran bishops, anglican service, anglican churches: The Lutherans have some very large buildings but I don t believe that they are called catherals in the USA. On the other hand, the Evangelical Lutheran Chruch of America(ELCA), the largest of the Lutheran bodies in the USA DOES HAVE Bishops. In the Missouri...

Lutherans: Calvin, real presence, stoneburner
real presence, stoneburner, catholic view: Charles: Yes, Lutherans believe that we are saved by Grace alone, not by any works on our part. We are saved by faith in Jesus Christ and his atoning sacrifice. We do not agree with, as you say, the next logical step that we are predestined. A major...

Lutherans: Canon Law, canonical bible, dr martin luther
canonical bible, dr martin luther, roman canon: What could be deemed similiar is The Book of Concord . This book has the main teachings of the Lutheran Church and most of it was written during the time of Dr. Martin Luther. It contains the statement of faith showing how the writers were not trying to...

Lutherans: Canon of Old Testament, ot canon, fortress press
ot canon, fortress press, penguin press: I am going to pint you in the diurection of Luther s Preface to the Old Testament (1523, revised 1545) to find his explanations of why he chose what he chose for the OT canon. It is contained in Timothy Lulls, Luther s Basic Writings (Augsburg Fortress Press....

Lutherans: Cathalics vs Luthrens, wine and bread, physical elements
wine and bread, physical elements, stoneburner: John: We differ in a number of ways, but are similar in others. Lutherans do NOT believe that our Pastor changes the elements. We do believe that the wine and bread are blood and body, but we teach they are in with and under the physical elements...

Lutherans: Catholic-Lutheran, vatican 2, christian denomination
vatican 2, christian denomination, noah s ark: Frank: Good thought, but it can t happen. The official position of the RC church is that they are the only TRUE Christian church. Until recently, Catholics were considered a cult, not a Christian church by many protestant churches. This changed after...

Lutherans: Catholic School vs Luthern School, christian denominations, lutheran schools
christian denominations, lutheran schools, stoneburner: Kim & Juanita: In national studies, Lutheran schools usually outperform the Catholic schools in academic achievement. They also tend to be more spiritual and more open to others of other Christian denominations. I have always had Catholic families...

Lutherans: Catholics vs. Lutherans, roman catholic president, roman catholic church
roman catholic president, roman catholic church, southern baptists: Ace: As I live in Texas now (from Ohio a year ago), I can tell you that Baptists and Catholics are even stronger antagonists! To answer your question, Catholics officially teach that the Roman Catholic Church is the ONLY true Christian church. This...

Lutherans: Christ, wonderful counselor, prince of peace
wonderful counselor, prince of peace, mighty god: We believe and teach that Christ has two natures; a divine nature and a human nature. His Divine Nature: The Bible says that He was always with the Father and that the whole fullness of God dwelt in Him when He came to earth. The prophecy concerning...

Lutherans: Christianity, medieval system, secular authority
medieval system, secular authority, political freedom: When Luther rediscovered the good news of salvation by faith in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ to remove our sins, he questioned the teaching present at the time in the church. The church was teaching that it was supreme for salvation and not God s Christ....

Lutherans: Communion, church fellowships, mystery of god
church fellowships, mystery of god, forgiveness of sins: We DO believe that the bread and wine are the body and blood of Christ. But we do not believe like the Catholics do. What we believe and teach is when Jesus said, This is my body.... that that is what He meant. He didn t explain it so neither will...

Lutherans: Communion ELCA and LCMS, elca church, doctrinal integrity
elca church, doctrinal integrity, open communion: Carol: Let me start by saying that I am an ELCA pastor, so my immediate answer will be, “Of course you are not wrong, an “open Table” is the way to go!” In the ELCA, we most generally practice and open communion. Often a statement will be made before Holy...

Lutherans: Communion Procedures, open communion, faith tradition
open communion, faith tradition, holy communion: Vickie: Thank you for your questions. Please don’t feel embarrassed or intimidated—there’s a lot to learn at first when ever you begin worshipping with a new faith tradition. Your questions generally fall under the umbrella of tradition—those activities...

Lutherans: Communion, evangelical lutheran synod, lutheran church missouri synod
evangelical lutheran synod, lutheran church missouri synod, wisconsin evangelical lutheran synod: Derek: It depends on the group of Lutherans to which the church belongs. For the most liberal group, the ELCA, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, they will commune any baptized Christian. The other groups, LCMS, Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod,...

Lutherans: Communuon, communion table, forgiveness of sins
communion table, forgiveness of sins, dear ruth: Dear Ruth, No, an unbaptized person cannot take communion in the Lutheran church. In fact, just being baptized doesn t qualify a person to take communion. You see, Lutherans practice closed communion . We believe that whoever believes the promise of Christ...

Lutherans: Confession, martin eldred, worry wart
martin eldred, worry wart, young monk: Charles: Excellent question and one that has bothered people for some time. Martin Luther, in fact wrestled with this very question when he was a young monk. He was constantly worried that he might forget some sin and therefore not receive forgiveness....

Lutherans: Confirmation, youth gatherings, personal christian growth
youth gatherings, personal christian growth, lutheran teachings: From what you ve written about the Handbook it does sound like a work of the flesh. The whole system of Confirmation has been a mess for many, many years. It does not even have a biblical basis and I believe that is why it has seldom worked. In many...

Lutherans: Confirmation, being filled with the holy spirit, indwelling of the holy spirit
being filled with the holy spirit, indwelling of the holy spirit, infant baptism: Janet: I am not sure what you are referring to in the Catholic faith. Both Lutherans and Catholics practice infant baptism, at which time the child becomes a child of God through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Confirmation is merely confirming the...

Lutherans: Confirmation, youth confirmation, confirmation classes
youth confirmation, confirmation classes, stoneburner: Amy: Usually, the pastor will ask you to attend an adult information class. They typically last from 6-12 weeks. They are not in depth, as the youth confirmation classes are, but are more of an oversight type class. Communion usuallly follows such a...

Lutherans: Cotillions, mass celebration, lutheran churches
mass celebration, lutheran churches, mexican tradition: I am sorry but I do not know the traditions of all the Lutheran churches in Chicago. You will probably get a definite answer from one of the Hispanic Lutheran Churches in Chicago. They can be found in your yellow pages ....or by contacting one of the following...

Lutherans: Council of Nicea, council of nicea, nicene creed
council of nicea, nicene creed, true man: Well, although I cannot answer that thoroughly without writing a huge book, I will can say this. One of the major points of doctrine at stake in the Council of Nicea was whether Jesus was really True God as well as True Man. The heretic Arius was teaching...

Lutherans: Curious about Lutheran Beliefs, lutheran beliefs, lutheran faith
lutheran beliefs, lutheran faith, catechism: You would be most likely be welcome, since there is no spoken policy and the issue is very complicated. (but lots of lutherans are ... well....not outgoing, so if they seem shy, it s normal. ) As for teachings, get and read Luther s small catechism. It...

Lutherans: Curious..., sacrament of baptism, power of the holy spirit
sacrament of baptism, power of the holy spirit, christian denomination: As with Luherans, so it is with Catholics, it depends on which congregation you visit. The main teaching in any Christian denomination should be salvation earned for you by Jesus Christ as a result of God love for all people. There are some congregations...

Lutherans: catholic vs. other christian religions, vicarious atonement, christian denominations
vicarious atonement, christian denominations, christian religions: In truth, I do not know what this present pope has said on the matter. However, for many years it has been the interpretation of the RCC about the early Christians Creeds, which declare that all must belong to the church to be saved, that it is speaking...

Lutherans: choosing college, western michigan university, penn state univeristy
western michigan university, penn state univeristy, support penn state: Christine: I am honored that you asked me such an important question! While I do not have enough information, I may be able to help you. My first year of college, I attended Western Michigan University. It was also known as a party school. I lived...

Lutherans: does the church change?, issues of faith and morals, gay ordination
issues of faith and morals, gay ordination, roman catholic church: Cody: Excellent question, and one I think about often. Yes, I am LCMS. I became LCMS due to the merger of the ALC and LCA in 1986 which brought about a liberal ELCA with liberalized views on Scripture is not inerrant, homosexuality is possibly acceptable...

Lutherans: church, roman catholic church, gates of hell
roman catholic church, gates of hell, stoneburner: Orion: I would ask him to show me where many of the Roman Catholic created doctrines are in scripture, how purgatory, indulgences, and a host of church-abuses are justified, and to clarify history. The Orthodox Church would strongly differ with the Roman...

Lutherans: comment to Gordon, man jesus, stoneburner
man jesus, stoneburner, responsive reading: Judi: This teaching, also referred to as the Office of the Keys is taught in John 20:22-23, where Christ breathed on them and said, Receive the Holdy Spirit. If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not...

Lutherans: communion, lutheran church missouri synod, church missouri synod
lutheran church missouri synod, church missouri synod, evangelical lutheran church: Paul: Good question. It depends on the Lutheran church you are attending. The very liberal Evangelical Lutheran Church in America allows open communion. All are welcome. The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and Wisconsin Synod practice close communion,...

Lutherans: communion, martin eldred, jesus promise
martin eldred, jesus promise, forgiveness of sins: Bradley: Good question. Lutherans believe that Jesus is truly present in the bread and the wine. More than a merely symbolic Meal, we believe that when said, This is my Body...this is my Blood that he meant it literally. Luther was not as interested...

Lutherans: communion after confirmation, forgiveness of sins, lutherans
forgiveness of sins, lutherans, body and blood: I can give you no arguement justifying the present tradition among Lutherans. I have felt the same way for many years. As I recall, Martin Luther DID NOT follow the present practice of withholding communion from younger children. And during the years...

Lutherans: communion, lutheran denomination, bread and wine
lutheran denomination, bread and wine, stoneburner: Lizzy: All Lutherans teach, as scripture teaches, that the bread and wine become Christ s body and blood. However, unlike the Catholics, we believe that the body and blood are in with and under the bread and wine. In other words, it is body and blood,...

Lutherans: confirmation, confirmation classes, lutheran churches
confirmation classes, lutheran churches, mini class: Diane: Confirmation traditionally is held in 7th & 8th grade. Some Lutheran churches have early communion, in which they have a mini-class on that, which may begin in 5th grade. There is no rule, however, and I have seen 3 and even 4 year long programs....

Lutherans: confirmation, lutheran confirmation, stoneburner
lutheran confirmation, stoneburner, roxie: Roxie: Lutheran confirmation is a ceremony where the confirmand literally confirms or declares the beliefs said in their place at their baptism (usually as a baby). There are no sponsors and parents are observers only. In the Catholic church, I believe...

Lutherans: confirmation classes, confirmation classes, confirmation students
confirmation classes, confirmation students, good arguements: It is rare to find someone with good memories about confirmation classes. There have been some good courses written but the best one that I found took a staff of three teachers and was three years long. It is a course which covers the Bible, historicaly...

Lutherans: confirmation, biblical mandate, godparent
biblical mandate, godparent, practicing catholic: I don t recall any Lutheran church which had special sponsors for confirmands. The child s godparent for baptism is usually a life long godparent. It may be acustom for some, though. If it is the custom of the congregation where your niece is to be confirmed,...

Lutherans: conformation, apostles creed, forgiveness and mercy
apostles creed, forgiveness and mercy, lutheran congregations: Confirmation is a man made ceremony to allow people to confirm their faith in God s forgiveness and mercy. Among the youth of a congregation or a person who is seeking God, there is usually a period of teaching about the basics of Christianity. In...

Lutherans: conversion, lcms view, lcms website
lcms view, lcms website, lutheran catechism: Bradley, I was about your age when I became a member of the LCMS. I was a member of the more liberal Lutheran church prior to that. The LCMS website (LCMS.org) has many resources and doctrinal papers on things such as the sacraments which were written...

Lutherans: creamation, creamation, pagan rite
creamation, pagan rite, many other types: We discourage it, and general sentiment is that it is a pagan rite and unnatural to deliberately destroy a body, which we hold is the temple of God. Rather let the house of the soul crumble than obliterate it. However, that said, there s no particular injunction...

Lutherans: cremation, stoneburner, cremation
stoneburner, cremation, good question: Larry: This is a good question. Many churches were opposed to cremation 100 years ago. Biblically, we find no basis for such opposition. I do not think it will affect any afterlife resurrection. If God can bring the dust back to life, I m sure he can...

Lutherans: Days of Fasting, catholic religion, denomination
catholic religion, denomination, meditation: There are no specific days listed in the Bible where Christians are to fast. Any denomination can set a day or days of fasting for their members but this is primarily voluntary. The Bible does say that fasting can be beneficial to a person if it is chosen...

Lutherans: Difference in Baptist, college speech class, spirit groan
college speech class, spirit groan, message of the cross: Lutherans do have a tendency to be a bit more doctrinal since its beliefs were written to show the RCC that we were teaching nothing new from what the Bible and the early church always taught. Being saved is spoken of in the Bible as something already done,...

Lutherans: Difference of beliefs, eternal savior, death of jesus christ
eternal savior, death of jesus christ, lutheran teachings: In some cases the differences are blurred according to the congregation that you visit. As far as the written doctrine of the two denominations is concerned, the biggest differences between them has to do with sanctification - becoming holy. Wesley...

Lutherans: Difference between Catholic and Luthern Religion, holly week, human realities
holly week, human realities, catholic monk: LaDetra Thank you for your question, I am sorry it took me a while to get back to you-- this has been a pretty busy week (Holly Week/Easter). Responding to the question, “How do Lutherans and Roman Catholics differ?” can literally take volumes. I will...

Lutherans: Difference in Lutheran groups, women pastors, different faiths
women pastors, different faiths, infant baptism: Leah: My background is both LCMS and ELCA with my father currently WELS, so I can answer your question fairly well. The difference between ELCA and WELS is major! I will attempt to point out some of the major areas: ELCA: teaches salvation outside...

Lutherans: Differences in communion, missouri synod lutheran church, missouri synod lutheran
missouri synod lutheran church, missouri synod lutheran, synod lutheran church: I don t know what caused the split between the two churches, but now the Missouri Synod has become (by and large, not totally) very liberal. They do not specifically adhere to the Lutheran confessions, they play with the liturgy...stuff like that. Perhaps...

Lutherans: Differences, women pastors, homosexual ministers
women pastors, homosexual ministers, lutheran churches: Rose: It is my understanding that when the ELCA was formed (1986) that it was within 1 vote of dropping the term Lutheran . I have not confirmed that, however. It would definitely be more accurate to say they were historically Lutheran. I agree...

Lutherans: Divorce, sexual immorality, christian spouse
sexual immorality, christian spouse, wherewithall: We do not approach divorce in a legalistic way. As Moses allowed divorce because of hardness of heart, so did St. Paul and Jesus. If you put this under the law, as many do, you can spend endless time determining when someone has been abandoned enough...

Lutherans: Divorce and remarriage, martin eldred, divorce and remarriage
martin eldred, divorce and remarriage, lutheran elca: Liz: Thank you for your questions. It is obvious that you and your boyfriend are being very diligent in your questions, which is commendable. The ELCA sees divorce as a symptom of the brokenness of our relationships as a result of our sinful nature....

Lutherans: Divorce, sexual immorality, christian spouse
sexual immorality, christian spouse, churhes: Johann: First of all, there are a number of Lutheran churhes ranging from very conservative to liberal. On the conservative side, which is Biblically grounded, divorce is allowed in the case of immorality or adandonment. On the liberal side, well, most...

Lutherans: Doctrine Inquiry, revelation to john, mark of the beast
revelation to john, mark of the beast, repentant sinners: Lutherans see the Revelation to John as the writing down of a vision given to John. So the literalism that many of the denominations that teach a Millenium on this earth is not taught by us. Little is taught about the Mark of the Beast other than...

Lutherans: Drinking, temple of the holy spirit, water into wine
temple of the holy spirit, water into wine, body is the temple: Courtney: I am a little confused. Does your friend drink occasionally, or party? You are correct, our churches teach very differently about drinking. Scripture never teaches that drinking is wrong, and even the first miracle was Jesus turning water...

Lutherans: degrees of reward in heaven, martin eldred, third heaven
martin eldred, third heaven, intimate place: Carol: Thank you for your follow up question. I am sorry if I added to your confusion in any way. The point I was attempting to make was that there are no degrees or levels of heaven--it is all the same. Grace is God s unmerited, unconditional love and...

Lutherans: denominations, roman catholic beliefs, christian denominations
roman catholic beliefs, christian denominations, stoneburner: Tim: That s a difficult question. Lutherans are unique in the fact that we began the Reformation by cutting out the Roman Catholic beliefs and practices which were not scripturally based. Most other churches scraped much more (like the sacraments of Communion...

Lutherans: What is the difference?, second vatican council, lutheran churches
second vatican council, lutheran churches, new fellowship: The basic difference is still the same as in the time of Martin Luther: The RCC puts its traditions and own teaching above the Scripture, whereas; most Lutherans hold that the Bible is the only source and norm of doctrine. That s the official stance of...

Lutherans: differences in religion, jesus son of god, campus crusade for christ
jesus son of god, campus crusade for christ, differences in religion: It is difficult to answer people who depend on their own goodness to save them. Even Jesus had a tough time. And they eventually killed Him rather than listen. I don t think you have to worry about that extreme, but it will always be difficult to get through...

Lutherans: differences between religions, sacraments of baptism, literal devil
sacraments of baptism, literal devil, pope church: Carol: Lutherans strongly base our faith on the Word of God alone. No pope, church head, so to speak, or other authority outside of God himself. Our sacraments of baptism and communion are practiced according to scripture. We practice infant baptism...

Lutherans: What are some differences?, infant baptism, brethren church
infant baptism, brethren church, church writings: Dean: Conservative Lutherans and Baptists agree on major moral issues. Theologically, we would differ on baptism (the Holy Spirit coming through the baptism, infant baptism, immersion), communion (real presence of Christ in the bread and wine). We...

Lutherans: How many different Lutheran Churches, lutheran churches, god status
lutheran churches, god status, aalc: I can t tell you exactly how many different Lutheran churches that there are. There is a bit of a reformation going on among Lutherans. I believe that it will be for the good of the church even though we may have to go through some times of confusion as...

Lutherans: diffirence in beliefs, gifts of the holy spirit, speaking in tongues
gifts of the holy spirit, speaking in tongues, gifts of the spirit: Mariaane, You do Lutherans somewhat of an injustice by your phrasing ( lutherans do not believe in the gifts of the spirit ...someone told you that without actually looking into the situation) and that s going to make it hard for me to answer, without seeming...

Lutherans: why dont you all come back, ninety five theses, pope leo x
ninety five theses, pope leo x, day of judgment: It is indeed the will of God that the church be unified. That unification is to be in Christ...and it IS in Christ. Throughout the centuries and throughout the world there has only been one church, one body of saints redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ....

Lutherans: Eastern Orthodox, Jewish Believers, orthodox jewish believers, eastern orthodox religion
orthodox jewish believers, eastern orthodox religion, jewish believer: The first Christian religion really didn t have a denominational name. Although it was called the way . Congregations formed all around the Mediterranian just by people who learned of Jesus as their savior gathering in people s homes. As they began...

Lutherans: ELCA MSynod ect, theology of the cross, sinners prayer
theology of the cross, sinners prayer, public profession: Shane: Thank you for your question. When a Lutheran pastor speaks of “decision theology” he or she usually is referring to the teaching that emphasizes our needing to “come to Jesus.” This theology sees that as humans, we “meet Jesus halfway” so to speak...

Lutherans: ELCA vs PC USA, reformation tradition, presbyterian usa
reformation tradition, presbyterian usa, american founders: Ann: Thanks for your question. The terms, “reformed” and “evangelical” can be confusing especially since they are sometimes used by different groups to mean different things. “Reformed” usually refers to the sixteenth century Reformation tradition that...

Lutherans: ELCA, christian denominations, stoneburner
christian denominations, stoneburner, universal salvation: Mike: What I meant was that the ELCA has slid into the view of universal salvation, which means all people will go to heaven. No hell, no devil. This is not the Biblical/Christian view that no man enters the Father, but through me . Christ alone for...

Lutherans: Ethical stance, roman catholic church, christian denominations
roman catholic church, christian denominations, ethical teachings: Sam: Good question. In one word, the Bible! Lutherans do not believe that any other source is needed or desired. Luthers stances are viewed with high regard, but nowhere near the infallible place of Scripture. As a matter of fact, this is one of the...

Lutherans: Eucharist, corporeal presence, bread and wine
corporeal presence, bread and wine, real presence: Charles: Have I got this right – before the mass, the bread is simply ordinary bread. Communion of the bread and wine with the body and blood of Christ takes place at some unknown time during the mass. At the end of the mass, communion ceases, the presence...

Lutherans: Eucharist, roman catholic church, father son and holy spirit
roman catholic church, father son and holy spirit, lutheran tradition: I suppose that the word miracle could be used, although I ve never heard it applied to the Real Prescence. Luther tried to explain what we have in the Eucharist but didn t pretend to understand. He believed, as do most Lutheran scholars, in the Ministerial...

Lutherans: Eucharist, true miracle, lutheran tradition
true miracle, lutheran tradition, real presence: Charles: Catholics and Lutherans differ in the interpretation of the real presence. Catholics teach that the bread and wine change into the body and blood. Lutherans believe that the body and blood are in with and under the bread and wine. Therefore,...

Lutherans: Eucharist, corporeal presence, physical sensation
corporeal presence, physical sensation, consubstantiation: I reread some of Luther s writings on the Sacrament. In his The Adoration of the Sacrament of the Holy Body of Christ , I believe I found an answer to your question. I also found there that I misinterpreted what I had learned earlier. Luther maintained...

Lutherans: Evan-free vs. Lutheran belief..., resurrection of jesus christ, baby dedications
resurrection of jesus christ, baby dedications, resurrection of jesus: The differences over baptism are significant. Lutherans believe and teach that baptism is a means of grace. That is, baptism is a means whereby God, by His promise in baptism, gives His grace (unmerited favor and power) to the one being baptised. Whereas,...

Lutherans: Evangelical Lutheran Church vs. Evangelical Free, evangelical lutheran church, women pastors
evangelical lutheran church, women pastors, missouri synod: Kim: I am not familiar with the Evangelical Free Church. I can share with you the difference between the ELCA and LCMS. My background is both LCMS and ELCA with my father currently WELS, so I can answer your question fairly well. The difference...

Lutherans: Evangelical Lutheran Church vs. Missouri Synod, evangelical lutheran church, mo synod
evangelical lutheran church, mo synod, lc ms: It is impossible to write of all the differences between the ELCA and the LC-MS because even within these church bodies there are vast differences from one parish to another. The main difference is one of latitude. The LC-MS is much stricter in its view...

Lutherans: Evangelical Lutheran, lutheran faith, stoneburner
lutheran faith, stoneburner, evangelical church: Danny: The term evangelical refers to spreading the Good News (about Jesus). This is a term for a group of churches, which includes Lutherans. We use the term frequently, but it is not limited to the Lutheran faith. In Christ s Service, Gordon...

Lutherans: My enemies?, martin eldred, religious scientist
martin eldred, religious scientist, abraham lincoln: Salley: Thanks for your question. The Christmas press has delayed my somewhat. You wrote: I believe with all my heart that NO ONE worshiping with me is my enemy .... From what I can gather from the advertisement that you shared, I would guess that...

Lutherans: eternal life, lutheran church missouri synod, church missouri synod
lutheran church missouri synod, church missouri synod, gift of the holy spirit: Hi Chance, It sounds by your question that you are a little perplexed by the differences of various Christian denominations. First, I d like to emphasize that the Lutheran church Missouri Synod, of which I am a member, uses Scripture (the Bible) alone to...

Lutherans: ex-communication, lcms congregations, lcms congregation
lcms congregations, lcms congregation, lutheran pastors: There was a time when LCMS congregations determined to bring errant sinners back into the fold by following the biblical formula. The one in danger through sin was first spoken to by the a member who knew of it. If no response, another was taken along...

Lutherans: Faith, true motivation, going through the motions
true motivation, going through the motions, sanctified life: Smith: Faith alone is not a human concept, it is God s concept. We feel we must earn something. We cannot ever earn forgiveness of our sins. Faith is the trust in God s promises, especially in Jesus Christ being true God and true man, coming to the...

Lutherans: Faith, going through the motions, faith of abraham
going through the motions, faith of abraham, protestant churches: 1. For Christians, faith is ALWAYS in God. We trust in Him for all He is, what He has done and what He will do. Rom 1:17 17 For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written:...

Lutherans: False Doctrine, lutheran confessions, according to scripture
lutheran confessions, according to scripture, mormon church: Rose: It usually refers to teaching which is considered not accurate according to Scripture or the Lutheran Confessions as they clarify scripture. The Mormon church would be an example of a false doctrine, as would the Succession of the Roman Catholic...

Lutherans: Families in Heaven, missouri synod lutheran, current family
missouri synod lutheran, current family, resurrection: Dear Penny, Families in heaven, as far as I understand, will not be units like they are here. The people of your family who also believe will be there, and you will be there and you will know them, but there are not going to be families like we have now....

Lutherans: First Communion, martin eldred, elca web
martin eldred, elca web, evangelical lutheran church: Shelli: Thank you for your question. With in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) the age for first communion has gone through a great transformation over the past thirty-fives years. Not too long ago, most churches allowed first communion...

Lutherans: FORGIVENESS, stoneburner, rough time
stoneburner, rough time, jesus christ: Lisa: Sorry to hear about church problems. I have seen some of the worst, but never gave up on the love and power of Jesus Christ! Anyway, one can use forgiveness as a weapon by refusing to forgive someone for wrongs they have done. That is the only...

Lutherans: Follow up question/Homosexuality, gay lifestyle, sexual aspect
gay lifestyle, sexual aspect, thanks be to god: From what you say of your situation, the opposite sex does not appeal to you sexually and your own sex does appeal to you. But, at the same time, you are remaining celibate from both sexes. If this is correct, then you are NOT committing any sin. The...

Lutherans: Follow up :), day of judgment, new earth
day of judgment, new earth, new heavens: I think it s safe to say that we who know Christ are as ignorant of the full circumstances of the end times as were the Jews before Jesus came in their knowledge about what the Messiah was to be like. On this matter we see rather dimly as in a rather...

Lutherans: Food, muslim religions, dave schroeder
muslim religions, dave schroeder, followers of christ: No meat restrictions whatsoever. We believe in the freedom of those who have been reborn into Christ s kingdom. This means that all things are lawful for us though some things are not useful and others not expedient in our walk as followers of Christ....

Lutherans: Forgiveness in the LCMS, welcome atmosphere, repentant sinner
welcome atmosphere, repentant sinner, lcms worship: Robb: I am sorry I was not more clear in my answer. God is doing the forgiving, not the Pastor. The Pastor is merely sharing God s words of forgiveness to the repentant sinner (this forgiveness would not necessarily apply to all in church either, if they...

Lutherans: Forgiveness, stoneburner, wwjd
stoneburner, wwjd, forgiveness: Jan: I can relate. I had a similar situation, and with a pastor no less! I guess to answer your question, WWJD? Does Jesus forgive us when we don t realize what we have done wrong and aren t sorry? YES! We are to forgive those who sin against...

Lutherans: Forgivness, keys of the kingdom, kingdom of heaven
keys of the kingdom, kingdom of heaven, blaspheming: Pastors have the power to forgive a person or people s sins......but ONLY by extension. The extension is this: Jesus gave the power to forgive sins THROUGH HIM to the church: John 20:21-23 21 Again Jesus said, Peace be with you! As the Father...

Lutherans: American Lutheran Church verses Missouri Synod, lord and savior, holy communion
Lutherans: American Lutheran Church verses Missouri Synod, lord and savior, holy communion, american lutheran church

Lutherans: Antichrist, pope is the antichrist, wels website
Lutherans: Antichrist, pope is the antichrist, wels website, martin eldred

Lutherans: The Apostles Creed, roman catholic church, henry g graham
Lutherans: The Apostles Creed, roman catholic church, henry g graham, newadvent

Lutherans: Atheism, religious college, atheist
Lutherans: Atheism, religious college, atheist, atheism

Lutherans: Baptisim, deification, baptism
Lutherans: Baptisim, deification, baptism, rejection

Lutherans: Baptism and Marriage, catholic baptism, christian marriages
Lutherans: Baptism and Marriage, catholic baptism, christian marriages, catholic faith

Lutherans: Beliefs, holy catholic church, creed states
Lutherans: Beliefs, holy catholic church, creed states, roman catholic church

Lutherans: Beliefs Regarding Salvation, book of acts, word ii
Lutherans: Beliefs Regarding Salvation, book of acts, word ii, man of god

Lutherans: Beliefs, open communion, baptist churches
Lutherans: Beliefs, open communion, baptist churches, lutheran beliefs

Lutherans: This Bible verse really bother me... Please Help, wells church, part of the bible
Lutherans: This Bible verse really bother me... Please Help, wells church, part of the bible

Lutherans: Bible, canonical books, infallibility
Lutherans: Bible, canonical books, infallibility, holiness

Lutherans: Biblical Authority, son jesus christ, divinity of jesus christ
Lutherans: Biblical Authority, son jesus christ, divinity of jesus christ, latter day saints

Lutherans: baptism in Jesus' name, holy ghost, jesus name
Lutherans: baptism in Jesus' name, holy ghost, jesus name, traditions

Lutherans: who is the beast?, bible study guides, bible study guide
Lutherans: who is the beast?, bible study guides, bible study guide, mark of the beast

Lutherans: Cathalics vs Luthrens, roman catholic church, bloody sacrifice
Lutherans: Cathalics vs Luthrens, roman catholic church, bloody sacrifice, lutheran churches

Lutherans: Catholic School vs Luthern School, wisconsin synod, lutheran schools
Lutherans: Catholic School vs Luthern School, wisconsin synod, lutheran schools, university lutheran

Lutherans: Communion ELCA and LCMS, lcms churches, elca
Lutherans: Communion ELCA and LCMS, lcms churches, elca, communion

Lutherans: catholic vs. other christian religions, christian religions, pope
Lutherans: catholic vs. other christian religions, christian religions, pope

Lutherans: communion after confirmation, church communion, lutheran churches
Lutherans: communion after confirmation, church communion, lutheran churches, lutheran church

Lutherans: confirmation, confirmation class
Lutherans: confirmation, confirmation class

Lutherans: Difference in Baptist, future tenses, future tense
Lutherans: Difference in Baptist, future tenses, future tense, first glance

Lutherans: Difference between Catholic and Luthern Religion, responsability, jesus christ
Lutherans: Difference between Catholic and Luthern Religion, responsability, jesus christ, religions

Lutherans: Difference in Lutheran groups, stoneburner
Lutherans: Difference in Lutheran groups, stoneburner

Lutherans: Differences in communion, elca
Lutherans: Differences in communion, elca

Lutherans: diffirence in beliefs, 1 corinthians 13, lutheran lcms
Lutherans: diffirence in beliefs, 1 corinthians 13, lutheran lcms, city of sodom

Lutherans: ELCA vs PC USA, evangelical fundamentalists, holy communion
Lutherans: ELCA vs PC USA, evangelical fundamentalists, holy communion, pcusa

Lutherans: Eucharist, wine and bread, forgiveness of sins
Lutherans: Eucharist, wine and bread, forgiveness of sins, blood of christ

Lutherans: Evangelical Lutheran Church vs. Evangelical Free, personal relationship, evangelical free church
Lutherans: Evangelical Lutheran Church vs. Evangelical Free, personal relationship, evangelical free church, elca web

Lutherans: Evangelical Lutheran Church vs. Missouri Synod, authority of scripture, confessional writings
Lutherans: Evangelical Lutheran Church vs. Missouri Synod, authority of scripture, confessional writings, gospel of jesus christ

Lutherans: Families in Heaven, scripture, marriage
Lutherans: Families in Heaven, scripture, marriage

Lutherans: gender/roles, bunch of lies, atheist
Lutherans: gender/roles, bunch of lies, atheist, bullshit

Lutherans: homosexuality, eternal separation, gay man
Lutherans: homosexuality, eternal separation, gay man, self righteousness

Lutherans: intercession of saints, angel raphael, god of abraham
Lutherans: intercession of saints, angel raphael, god of abraham, those saints

Lutherans: Jesus Christ the only way to heven?, god so loved the world, eternal life
Lutherans: Jesus Christ the only way to heven?, god so loved the world, eternal life, passages

Lutherans: LCMS doctrine, church in the philippines, false doctrine
Lutherans: LCMS doctrine, church in the philippines, false doctrine, active member

Lutherans: Length of Sermons, sabbath day, trust god
Lutherans: Length of Sermons, sabbath day, trust god, catechism

Lutherans: Lent, spiritual discipline, believer
Lutherans: Lent, spiritual discipline, believer, blessings

Lutherans: Lutheran Bishops, elca church council, regional synods
Lutherans: Lutheran Bishops, elca church council, regional synods, elca lutheran

Lutherans: Lutheran Churches are so plain inside, religious art work, worring
Lutherans: Lutheran Churches are so plain inside, religious art work, worring, divine service

Lutherans: Lutheran Religion vs Catholic Religion, lutheran churches, elca church
Lutherans: Lutheran Religion vs Catholic Religion, lutheran churches, elca church, synods

Lutherans: Lutheran Salvation, baptism, heart
Lutherans: Lutheran Salvation, baptism, heart

Lutherans: Lutheran vs. Baptist, lord jesus christ, infant baptism
Lutherans: Lutheran vs. Baptist, lord jesus christ, infant baptism, eunuch

Lutherans: Lutheran vs Catholic, latin vulgate version, books in the old testament
Lutherans: Lutheran vs Catholic, latin vulgate version, books in the old testament, canon of the old testament

Lutherans: Lutheran vs. Catholic, lutheran church, catholic church
Lutherans: Lutheran vs. Catholic, lutheran church, catholic church, communion

Lutherans: Lutheran vs Lutheran, elca lutheran, gay clergy
Lutherans: Lutheran vs Lutheran, elca lutheran, gay clergy, elca congregation

Lutherans: My Lutheran Wedding, getting married in the catholic church, catholic ceremonies
Lutherans: My Lutheran Wedding, getting married in the catholic church, catholic ceremonies, wedding liturgy

Lutherans: Lutheran, age of accountability, lutherans
Lutherans: Lutheran, age of accountability, lutherans, babies

Lutherans: Lutherans/Protestants, protestant denomination, protestant group
Lutherans: Lutherans/Protestants, protestant denomination, protestant group, vital matter

Lutherans: Luthern Beliefs, lutheran denominations, google search
Lutherans: Luthern Beliefs, lutheran denominations, google search, walk with god

Lutherans: lutheran religion vs. catholic, veiwpoint, seven sacraments
Lutherans: lutheran religion vs. catholic, veiwpoint, seven sacraments, roman catholicism

Lutherans: lutheran vs catholic, canonization of saints, lutheran denominations
Lutherans: lutheran vs catholic, canonization of saints, lutheran denominations, roman catholic church

Lutherans: Martin Luther, lutheran church missouri synod, church missouri synod
Lutherans: Martin Luther, lutheran church missouri synod, church missouri synod, lutheran theology

Lutherans: is Mary the mother of God?, mother of jesus, mother of god
Lutherans: is Mary the mother of God?, mother of jesus, mother of god, womb jesus

Lutherans: Office of the Keys, lord jesus christ, holy spirit
Lutherans: Office of the Keys, lord jesus christ, holy spirit, disciples

Lutherans: Orthodox Lutheran Church, eucharistic theology, roman catholic church
Lutherans: Orthodox Lutheran Church, eucharistic theology, roman catholic church, corporate reunion

Lutherans: old testament/slavery-polygamy, virtue, christianity
Lutherans: old testament/slavery-polygamy, virtue, christianity

Lutherans: Pastor's, strife, spirit
Lutherans: Pastor's, strife, spirit, god

Lutherans: no subject, life period, heaven
Lutherans: no subject, life period, heaven, jesus said i am the way

Lutherans: Repentance, six years, jesus
Lutherans: Repentance, six years, jesus, god

Lutherans: How to read the bible, holy spirit, old testament
Lutherans: How to read the bible, holy spirit, old testament, passages

Lutherans: rosary, lutherans, low church
Lutherans: rosary, lutherans, low church, high church

Lutherans: Salvation, faith
Lutherans: Salvation, faith

Lutherans: Speaking in Tongues, speaking in tongues, foolish things
Lutherans: Speaking in Tongues, speaking in tongues, foolish things, gibberish

Lutherans: is sabbath still binding on christians today?, sabbath days, sabbath day
Lutherans: is sabbath still binding on christians today?, sabbath days, sabbath day, forgotten one

Lutherans: Tithing, tithes and offerings, counting your blessings
Lutherans: Tithing, tithes and offerings, counting your blessings, small portion

Lutherans: The Virgin Mary and Lutheran Church traditions, holy mary mother, holy mary mother of god
Lutherans: The Virgin Mary and Lutheran Church traditions, holy mary mother, holy mary mother of god, mary mother of god

Lutherans: faith crisis, pagan mom, god is a god
pagan mom, god is a god, trusting god: Our God is a God of forgiveness and does forgive all who turn to Him no matter what their sin. But our faith in Him needs to be nourished or it will decrease and may even cease to be in the future. If you turn away from God, you are in danger of never...

Lutherans: faith healilng and psychi beliefs in the Christian religion, oija boards, would appreciate your feedback
oija boards, would appreciate your feedback, believer in god: There are Christians who do have gifts from God in the way of visions and words from the Lord. But none of these would call themselves Psychics. The best rule of thumb is that if it bothered your conscience or brought about confusion or even fear of disobeying...

Lutherans: faith and health, faith and health, lutheran faith
faith and health, lutheran faith, blessing from god: Let me first say Amanda, that it is very wise of you to research the belief of faiths before you try to nurse them. Bravo for being so thoughtful. There are two things you should never suggest to a good Lutheran. We are adamantly opposed to abortion and...

Lutherans: flood, green house effect, god made the earth
green house effect, god made the earth, birds of the air: There is no mention of it raining before the flood..but to say that it did not rain is an arguement from silence. On the other hand, the Bible does mention a time when it did not rain before the creation of man: Gen 2:4-6 When the LORD God made the...

Lutherans: forgiveness, stoneburner, redemptive work
stoneburner, redemptive work, jesus christ: Zach: Salvation is based on what Jesus Christ did for us, not on what we do our don t do. It is based on our faith in Jesus and his redemptive work on our behalf. That being said, we live Godly lives out of gratitude. It is a mark of our faith. We all...

Lutherans: forgiveness, judgement day, throne of god
judgement day, throne of god, perfect justice: Everyone will have to face God for judgement. But as in our courts of law, some will be have to pay the penalty and others will be judged innocent. As you probably know, God says that the penalty for sin is death. In that court, it is eternal death,...

Lutherans: future, stoneburner, wrong decision
stoneburner, wrong decision, teaching children: Christine: There are many opportunites for someone with gifts like yours to serve our Lord. Especially someone who can both sign and hear! While we can use Godly people in film, many fall away in that field. I cannot really recommend any field...

Lutherans: God punished nations, testament god, ticklish question
testament god, ticklish question, god god: Bruce: I am sorry that I have been delayed in my response—I forgot to turn on the “vacation” setting. You raise a ticklish question about God’s judgment: why does God God nations as a whole in some places, mostly in the Old Testament, but then at other...

Lutherans: Good morning!, word sacrament, obedience of faith
word sacrament, obedience of faith, lord and savior: To begin with, the word, sacrament is not a biblical word and so it means what the user wants it to mean. Lutherans only have two sacraments. We define a sacrament as a command of God to do something ....with a visible sign as part of it..and with a...

Lutherans: gender/roles, sexism in the bible, violin teacher
sexism in the bible, violin teacher, male leadership: Dear Jenn, This is a very involved problem. I ll try to help as concisely as possible. First I need to give you a little background. I am a violin teacher. Most of my students are men who are older than I am (surprising.....I anticipated small children......

Lutherans: the good old days, bethany lutheran village, case god
bethany lutheran village, case god, stoneburner: Rev. Zimmann: YES! He was my grandfather! I am very proud of all that he did for the sake of our Lord! He retired in the early 70 s and died in January 1977, at Bethany Lutheran Village. His wife, Clara, died in 1999. Are you from Dayton? Thanks!...

Lutherans: Heaven & Hell, martin eldred, cross of jesus
martin eldred, cross of jesus, gracious god: Carol: Great question. While the Bible speaks of Jesus being the “only way to the Father”, it is not as definitive as to what might happen to those who have never heard of Jesus. I feel that this is something that we must leave to the justice of a loving...

Lutherans: Help, crux of the matter, minutes in heaven
crux of the matter, minutes in heaven, death and resurrection: Dear Tara, It depends largely on what kind of protestant he is. If he s non-denominational, there s a huge difference in outlook. It was summed up for me by an acquaintance. Here s the scenario. (he s non-denominational, I m a WELS Lutheran...) We were...

Lutherans: Hey, roman catholism, lutheran missouri synod
roman catholism, lutheran missouri synod, roman catholic church: Gregory: Sorry for the delay. As you may know, I am a principal, and this is the last week at our school. There are similarities in the Roman Catholic Church and the Lutheran church. Martin Luther, the protestant reformer who founded the Lutheran...

Lutherans: Holy Ghost (Spirit), martin eldred, ghost spirit
martin eldred, ghost spirit, presence of god: Carol: Please pardon me for the delay; I seem to have some difficulties with my computer and getting this sent. I hope today will work. The question you raise in an intriguing and difficult one. Intriguing inthat many have explored it for centuries,...

Lutherans: Homosexuality, sinful human nature, lutheran religion
sinful human nature, lutheran religion, bible states: There is no sin involved in just being tempted to do things which are sin. Jesus Himself was tempted. We read this concerning the devil s temptations and also from the following verse: Heb 4:14-16 14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone...

Lutherans: head coverings, traditions and customs, ceremonial reasons
traditions and customs, ceremonial reasons, mount of olives: Customs often grow out of certain practices mentioned in the Bible. The main reason for a person covering their head for ceremonial reasons is HUMILITY....whether it be men or women. 2 Sam 15:30 30 But David continued up the Mount of Olives, weeping...

Lutherans: Is heaven the same for everybody?, resurrection of jesus christ, crowns of glory
resurrection of jesus christ, crowns of glory, resurrection of jesus: Adam: 1 Cor. 3:10-15 Verse 10 Foundation = preaching Christ and him crucified (see 3:11) someone else = Apollos (see 2:2) Verse 12 gold, silver, costly stones = precious, durable work that stands the test of divine judgement. Pure Christian doctrine...

Lutherans: hey, martin eldred, wels lutherans
martin eldred, wels lutherans, biblical investigation: Andre: Thank you for your question. The WELS Lutherans are very different from the ELCA. The WELS branch is much more conservative theologically. They take the Bible very literally, and leave no room for modern biblical investigation that looks at the...

Lutherans: homosexuality, judge god, clear conscience
judge god, clear conscience, god and man: You shouldn t go against your conscience. That won t really help your friend and it may do you a lot of harm...even as you are feeling it already. God tells us that a good conscience is very necessary to be at peace with ourselves and others. Since you...

Lutherans: homosexuality, followers of christ, s trap
followers of christ, s trap, stoneburner: Samantha: Wow. That s a rough situation. First of all, you are correct. God clearly states in scripture that homosexuality is sinful. Your friend risks eternal seperation from God. If he and his friends were truely followers of Christ, they would not...

Lutherans: homosexuality, devout christians, unnatural relations
devout christians, unnatural relations, homosexual relationships: Mary: This is a good question in our times of changing morals. Traditional church teachings are not what is important, but what does Scripture (God s Word) say about homosexuality. It is very clear it is a moral sin, which God detests. Nowhere in the...

Lutherans: Important Faith Questions, faith questions, losing sleep
faith questions, losing sleep, going to hell: 1) Sometimes we ask the question on the basis of a wrong premise. Jesus came into the world to save sinners not to send them to hell. If you are not perfect, then He came for your sake too. His goal is to keep you from going to hell. To do this, He...

Lutherans: Info for Beginers, jenny jenny, stoneburner
jenny jenny, stoneburner, sole source: Jenny: The best source of information (and a lot of it!) is our church s website: http://www.lcms.org/ Go there and browse! They have a section on what we believe. Our doctrines are based on the Bible as our sole source of faith. If you come up...

Lutherans: Inspiration, reformation church, augsburg confession
reformation church, augsburg confession, formula of concord: I am sure that it was God Who inspired Him, but I don t think that is what your question is seeking. The Lutheran Church was not meant to be established as a denomination. Luther sought to have questions answered concerning the the teachings which were...

Lutherans: intercession of saints, sacrament of holy communion, apostles creed
sacrament of holy communion, apostles creed, communion of saints: Derek: Scripture indicates that prayer is powerful, the more fellow believers we have praying WITH us, the better for the body of Christ. They are praying with us, not interceeding for us. We only intercede for those who cannot or will not talk with...

Lutherans: Jesus Christ the only way to heven?, martin eldred, jesus answer
martin eldred, jesus answer, death and resurrection: Glenn: Thank you for your question. If you father was raised in the Lutheran church, I am almost certain that he was taught that Jesus is the only way by which we as humans are reconnected to our Creator and giving eternal life. For Luther, Jesus was...

Lutherans: Judas Iscariot, judas iscariot, lord and savior
judas iscariot, lord and savior, stoneburner: Adam: Judas had the same opportunity to believe in Jesus Christ as his Lord and savior. His action seems to indicate he rejected such a faith. If so, he will go to hell. Scripture seems to indicate this fate. If he had lived to repent of his betrayal...

Lutherans: Judgements, judgement seat of christ, dim reflection
judgement seat of christ, dim reflection, 2 corinthians 5: There is only one judgement taught. The judgement seat is the Great White Throne . We can be sure of this on the basis of the word from God. There are no passages which separate the two thrones nor is there any indication that there will be two times...

Lutherans: Justification and Sanctification, writers of the bible, concordia lutheran
writers of the bible, concordia lutheran, adult sunday school: Being retired for some time, I m not familiar with Concordia, Lutheran Difference, But I am very familiar with the definitions of Justification and Sanctification. Justification and Righteousness are just different forms of the same Greek word used...

Lutherans: Justification/works, casting out demons, lutheran faith
casting out demons, lutheran faith, faith without works: Don t be hard on yourself. Being a follower of God in Christ is always having to say, I never knew that . I m going to answer your questions and give the biblical basis for the answers. #1. We are JUSTIFIED by faith. That is, it is through faith...

Lutherans: judgement, brood of vipers, jews and gentiles
brood of vipers, jews and gentiles, earth to god: Yes, some will have to pass judgement, but NOT those who are in Christ. Matt.12 33ff is spoken to a brood of vipers v.34 who are the Pharisees who have been saying that Jesus was in league with the devil v.24ff. ALL will have to stand before...

Lutherans: justification, orthodox catholic theology, lutheran world federation
orthodox catholic theology, lutheran world federation, american lutherans: Edward: Your question is interesting. First, my group of Lutherans does not belong to the LWF. It is more liberal than we are. However, the joint statement is seen as the primary doctrine that Martin Luther differed with the RC Church over. It has...

Lutherans: KJB, english bibles, king james bible
english bibles, king james bible, greek texts: Annie: I used to be more opinionated on this topic. I would say use any GOOD translation that you can clearly understand. I have some older friends that use the KJV and would have nothing else. I have younger friends (as well as my school students) who...

Lutherans: LCMS doctrine, lcms congregations, lcms pastor
lcms congregations, lcms pastor, conservative doctrine: Matt: Good question. While that may be the appearance to some, it is not entirely true. It is true, that our LCMS congregations are autonomous. The church is governed by the voters. There is not the usual hierarchy seen in many denominations. If the...

Lutherans: Length of Sermons, lutheran church missouri synod, church missouri synod
lutheran church missouri synod, church missouri synod, long sermon: You might try the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod website. I believe it has a contact us button. There you could ask the question. I too believe in the less than 15 minute sermons. However, our present pastor and even the one before him did preach longer....

Lutherans: Lent, holiness, fridays
holiness, fridays, catholic church: No Mark, we don t give up meat on Fridays for Lent. You can if you want to, but it s one of those laws the Catholic church imposed. It s unnecessary, as all forms of fasting are. I don t mean to say that you shouldn t fast if you want to, but it doesn t actually...

Lutherans: Life mission, protestant work ethic, fancy sets
protestant work ethic, fancy sets, stoneburner: Greg: I would have to choose choice 3. We are to be in the world, but not of the world. We are to change the things within our reach, but not force others to act Christian . In other words, as Luther said, if we clean floors, we should clean them as...

Lutherans: Luke 18, stoneburner, parables
stoneburner, parables, life situations: Donna: Luke 18 has 2 parables, 2 life situations and one prediction of Christ s death. I am confused on what insight you may be looking for. The parables are figurative stories Christ used to teach lessons. The others are actual events. In Christ...

Lutherans: Luke 18, chapter jesus, gracious god
chapter jesus, gracious god, life jesus: In the first part of the chapter, Jesus is teaching how gracious God is when we seek His help. He points out that even an uncaring judge will help those who persistantly ask for help...and points out that God is not only caring but actually loves to help...

Lutherans: Lutheam types, lutheran church missouri synod, american lutheran church
lutheran church missouri synod, american lutheran church, church missouri synod: You raise a great question. All these various types of Lutherans, past and present can be quite confusing. I will try and give a rough outline, which I hope may help. Lutherans are a bit unique in the American experience in that they were probably the...

Lutherans: Lutheran, reformation of the church, roman catholic church
reformation of the church, roman catholic church, penalty of death: Actually, it was because of a love for the church of the time. As a student and teacher, he had access to one of the few Bibles of the time. In the Bible, which was so precious that it was chained in the library, he discovered that the church had moved...

Lutherans: Lutheran/Anglican, pope john xxiii, former british colonies
pope john xxiii, former british colonies, ancient liturgies: I m sorry to say that I don t know that much about the doctrines of the Anglican Church or its present beliefs and practices. What I remember was that the Anglican Church was much more like the RCC but without the Pope. What we do have in common, to...

Lutherans: Lutheran Bishops, lutheran bishops, episcopal churches
lutheran bishops, episcopal churches, district president: Charles: I am puzzled by the bishops also! The LCMS has no such animal. Our district president is probably not a fair comparison. Our LCMS is based on local congregation autonomy. The ELCA is the opposite. So much so, that the head church owns the...

Lutherans: Lutheran baptism, sacrament of baptism, lutheran baptism
sacrament of baptism, lutheran baptism, lutheran denomination: Being a wintess or Godparent is a tradition which carries some honor. The original thought, long ago, was that this person was chosen to step in and take the place of the parents should they die. The ceremony today ( in most Lutheran churches) includes...

Lutherans: Lutheran beliefs, lutheran beliefs, bible states
lutheran beliefs, bible states, roman catholics: Michael: Lutherans do not hold to the transubstanciation as do the Catholics. We teach, as the Bible states, that Jesus is present in the sacrement, but he is in, with and under the bread and wine. It is a miracle. So it is still bread and wine, yet...

Lutherans: Lutheran beliefs, earliest christian church, infant baptism
earliest christian church, infant baptism, circumcism: Kyle: Where in my answer do you find that Christians are born into it ? Baptism is valid whether at age 7 days (Old Testament circumcism day) or 70 years! The Holy Spirit works faith in those who believe and are baptized . If one is old enough to have...

Lutherans: Lutheran Canon Law, lutheran clergy, interpretation of the bible
lutheran clergy, interpretation of the bible, lutheran bodies: Outside of doctrine (which has its source only in the Bible and we accept the writings of the Book of Concord as a true interpretation of the Bible) our policies and procedures are in the various constitutions of the various Lutheran bodies. In the LC-MS...

Lutherans: Lutheran Churches are so plain inside, roman catholic churches, stained glass windows
roman catholic churches, stained glass windows, state churches: Carol: You know, I have often wondered that myself. First, let me say that my experience has been that in the past twenty or so years, a renewed emphasis on the importance of beauty and design has made some changes in many Lutheran buildings. Slowly,...

Lutherans: Lutheran Churches, personal belief system, living together before marriage
personal belief system, living together before marriage, lutheran churches: Isabel: I would not limit our differences to just the issues you mentioned. There are significant issues as far as church authority. We are more democratic, our churches actually, to a large degree govern themselves via laypeople voting. Our Synod itself...

Lutherans: Lutheran Faith, lutheran faith, lutheran beliefs
lutheran faith, lutheran beliefs, undeserved favor: The major Lutheran belief is that we are unable to be perfect enough to win salvation for ourselves, but that God has sent His only Son to take the punishment for our sins and give us His perfect righteousness. This is why we put emphasis on the word alone...

Lutherans: The Lutheran Faith, roman catholic church, lutheran denomination
roman catholic church, lutheran denomination, protestant reformer: Amy: Which Lutheran church do they belong? ELCA is the most numerous (and liberal) of the Luthean churches in America. Their website is: www.elca.org The LCMS is more conservative. Their website is: www.lcms.org The WELS is the most conservative,...

Lutherans: Lutheran Faith, lutheran faith, stoneburner
lutheran faith, stoneburner, lutheranism: Matt: The question is not right for you but right . Religion and truth are not subjective, but objective. Too often we hear people talk about truth as if it were a choice, an either - or. Truth is either true or it isn t truth. Lutheranism is based...

Lutherans: Lutheran Hierarchy, circuit churches, missouri synod
circuit churches, missouri synod, stoneburner: Mick: Different groups of Lutheans have different systems. In the Missouri Synod (2nd largest group in the USA) We have a president who is elected every 3 years by a voting delegation comprised of 1/2 pastors and 1/2 laity. The delegation has 1 of each...

Lutherans: Lutheran Practices, lutheran practices, human realities
lutheran practices, human realities, catholic monk: Valorie: Responding to the question, “How do Lutherans and Roman Catholics differ?” can literally take volumes. I will try and be a bit more brief than that! The quick and easy answer is: “Not as much as people usually think.” Now allow me to unpack...

Lutherans: Lutheran Prayer Beads, prayer beads, last prayer
prayer beads, last prayer, paraments: I d never heard of them, but they might be as helpful to some people as liturgies in the hymnbook, robes on the pastor, or paraments on the altar. THAT IS: if something helps a person to worship God, hear His word, or pray to Him....then it is good for...

Lutherans: Lutheran Religion, pope john xxiii, lutheran church missouri synod
pope john xxiii, lutheran church missouri synod, third vatican council: The Lutherans of the world do not have a single head or even a single government. The group of which I am a member is called The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod . We do no even have appointed bishops, although the pastors who instruct student pastors...

Lutherans: Lutheran Religion, lutheran religion, stoneburner
lutheran religion, stoneburner, liturgical calendar: Yes, Lutherans follow a liturgical calendar which includes Lent. Custom was that weddings were not performed during Lent since it is a time of reflection on our sins. Some still follow this custom. Hope that helps. In Christ s Service, Gordon...

Lutherans: Lutheran Religion vs Catholic Religion, pope john xxiii, roman catholic priest
pope john xxiii, roman catholic priest, second vatican council: Martin Luther was a zealous Roman Catholic priest who saw that his church was heading away from the original teaching of Jesus Christ as full and only savior of all mankind. He was well taught in the Bible as well as the Ante-Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers...

Lutherans: The Lutheran Religion, judgement seat, lutheran religion
judgement seat, lutheran religion, lutheran beliefs: To start with, no one is baptized a Lutheran. We believe and teach that people are baptized into Jesus Christ alone. The central teaching of the Lutheran fellowship is the good news that Jesus died in our place to take our sins (and the punishment)away...

Lutherans: Lutheran Religious Calander, liturgical churches, reformation day
liturgical churches, reformation day, lutheran religion: LCMS.Org and WELS.net are both good Lutheran websites. We follow the traditional Christian calendar, similar to other liturgical churches. Our only unique holiday is Reformation Day, when Luther nailed the 95 thesis on the church door, which is October...

Lutherans: Lutheran Religon, history martin luther, human realities
history martin luther, human realities, catholic monk: Alexa: Thank you for your question. I will try and give you a brief outline of the basics of Lutheran history. Martin Luther was a Roman Catholic monk, priest, and Doctor of Theology in sixteen century Germany. The Reformation, as it is now called,...

Lutherans: Lutheran reference book, concordia publishing house, christian dogmatics
concordia publishing house, christian dogmatics, francis pieper: I still use Francis Pieper s Christian Dogmatics as my source of Lutheran sytematic theology. It is complex enough that when I have written courses for parishioners, I ve had to skip the Latin and Hebrew. But Pieper s research into gathering Bible passages...

Lutherans: Lutheran Salvation, infant baptism, grace god
infant baptism, grace god, lords supper: The means through which we receive the grace that God has towards us are; The Word and the Sacraments. The power of God to convert a person is the gospel: Rom 1:16-17 16 I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation...

Lutherans: Lutheran thology reference, principles of lutheran theology, martin eldred
principles of lutheran theology, martin eldred, carl braaten: Bruce: Good question. A good, handy, concise book on Lutheran Theology has been unfortunately hard to come by. I would recommend a revision of an older (1983) classic by Carl Braaten, ‘Principles of Lutheran Theology.’ The new (March 2007) edition is...

Lutherans: Lutheran vs. Baptist, lutheran church missouri synod, homosexuality and the bible
lutheran church missouri synod, homosexuality and the bible, evangelical lutheran church: Hayley: A lot depends on which Lutheran church she belongs. There are three major Lutheran churches (just like there are many Baptist church groups (like the Southern Baptists). In general, Lutherans practice the same practices as did the early church...

Lutherans: Lutheran vs. Baptist, lutheran religion beliefs, differences in religions
lutheran religion beliefs, differences in religions, christian denominations: There are many differences in religions. Even within Christian denominations there are differences. And even further, there are differences between the groups of each denomination of Christianity. There are also many AGREEMENTS in Christian denominations...

Lutherans: Lutheran vs. Baptists, evangelical lutheran church, wisconsin synod
evangelical lutheran church, wisconsin synod, evangelical lutheran church in america: Jill: I am not sure if the American Baptist is as liberal as the ELCA, but I know that they are not as conservative as the Southern Baptist. I also know there are at least 10 different Baptist groups with the other 8 being much smaller in size. Gordon...

Lutherans: Lutheran vs Catholic, lutheran missouri synod, bible apocrypha
lutheran missouri synod, bible apocrypha, gutenberg bible: Martin Luther was a reformer and not a destroyer. He DID make a distinction between the books of the original canon and the Apocryphal writings which were not accepted by the whole church when the canon of the Bible was established. Luther felt that they...

Lutherans: Lutheran vs. Catholic, elca lutherans, wels lutherans
elca lutherans, wels lutherans, sacrament of confirmation: Kirby: It depends. If you are talking about the ELCA Lutherans - they don t care. If you are talking about the LCMS or WELS Lutherans, the answer is NO. People should choose which faith they choose to believe and follow. But as I said, the ELCA Lutherans...

Lutherans: Lutheran vs Catholic, famine in the land, religion class
famine in the land, religion class, catholic religion: First, you are NOT obliged to argue with your teacher nor even to give the answer that you know is true. Doing this will not do either of you any good. In the account of Abram (Abraham)when he was among unbelievers, two times he had his wife tell people...

Lutherans: Lutheran vs. Catholic, roman catholism, roman catholic church
roman catholism, roman catholic church, praying to the saints: Courtney: There are similarities in the Roman Catholic Church and the Lutheran church. Martin Luther, the protestant reformer who founded the Lutheran denomination, broke from the Roman Catholic Church, but kept the parts of the faith that were scriptural...

Lutherans: Lutheran vs Lutheran, evangelical lutheran synod, lutheran church missouri synod
evangelical lutheran synod, lutheran church missouri synod, wisconsin evangelical lutheran synod: Melinda: The Lutheran churches are as follows: WELS - Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod LCMS - Lutheran Church Missouri Synod ELCA - Evangelical Lutheran Church in America My background is both LCMS and ELCA with my father currently WELS, so I can...

Lutherans: Not Lutheran but Wanting to get Married in Lutheran Church, lutheran pastors, church ceremonies
lutheran pastors, church ceremonies, church background: As far as this being a problem, Lutheran pastors have a lot of freedom about weddings. So, it all depends on the pastor that you contacted. If he has already agreed to perform the wedding, then it is likely that your church background will not present a...

Lutherans: Lutheran Way of Worship, saturn road church of christ, church of christ in garland
saturn road church of christ, church of christ in garland, invitation song: Chad: The Lutheran Church is litergical in its worship style. We follow the historic church and have various parts to our service, all based on scripture. This includes one of the three creeds, accepted by the Christian faith, the Lord s Prayer, three...

Lutherans: Lutheran Wedding Plans for a Catholic, lutheran theology, wedding policies
lutheran theology, wedding policies, elca congregation: Isabel: I am sorry for the delay in answering, I have been distracted by other matters the past few days. In answering your question, I must first say that you will find that most wedding policies in ELCA churches are done on a local basis, and can...

Lutherans: My Lutheran Wedding, lutheran pastors, lutheran worship
lutheran pastors, lutheran worship, traditional elements: Andrea First, let me say that I am so sorry to hear of your difficulties. Weddings are emotionally charged events that many people spend literally years thinking and dreaming about, so I understand your tears. Let me therefore, without stepping on toes...

Lutherans: Lutheran writings, martin eldred, phillip melanchthon
martin eldred, phillip melanchthon, augsburg confession: Nancy, I have been out of the office for a number of days; sorry it has taken me so long to answer your question. Lutherans look to the Scriptures as the “source and norm” of all theological direction. We see in the Bible, the Word of God, Jesus, who...

Lutherans: Lutheran, lutheran faith, book of concord
lutheran faith, book of concord, short overview: The primary on is the belief that we are saved by Jesus Christ alone. The particular are very, very extensive. A short overview might be found in the Small Catechism (book of question and answers. The more complete teachings are found in the Book of...

Lutherans: Lutherans and Christians, non denominational churches, lutheran religion
non denominational churches, lutheran religion, interpretations of the bible: The Lutheran church came about by trying to bring the Christian church in the western world back to the teachings of the Bible and the early church teachers. The group of Lutherans (some millions all over the world) which I grew up with hold of most importance:...

Lutherans: Lutherans/Protestants, roman catholic church, lutherans
roman catholic church, lutherans, root word: Penny: Good news! Lutherans are Protestants. Protestant is a term for the denominations of Christians who are not Catholic. It includes the Baptists, Presbyterians, Methodists, Lutherans, etc. The word came from the root word protest . In this case...

Lutherans: Lutherans' perspective, daughter of god, sons and daughter
daughter of god, sons and daughter, pig pen: Mike: Thank you for your questions. You raise some challenging points about which there is much discussion and debate among Lutherans. I will try and give you both an “official” teaching and my opinions. Free Will: Luther is hard on free will in...

Lutherans: Lutherans?, lutheran churches, ash wednesday
lutheran churches, ash wednesday, stoneburner: Mark: Most Lutheran churches do. Are you coming from a Catholic background? If so, Lutheran churches are different in that each church or pastor can choose what their congregation will do, but generally speaking we do. In Christ s Service, Gordon...

Lutherans: Luthern Beliefs, pope john xxiii, second vatican council
pope john xxiii, second vatican council, non denominational churches: That s a tough question to answer. Among some Catholics and Lutherans there are few differences outside some customs and traditions. We are both historical churches calling the early church fathers (St. Augustine and many other ante- and post-Nicene...

Lutherans: Luthern, wittenburg germany, roman catholic church
wittenburg germany, roman catholic church, luthern church: Jordan, Most would argue 1517 when Martin Luther nailed the 95 Theses to the church door at Wittenburg, Germany. His intent was to reform the Roman Catholic church, but was given a death sentence and only then split from the RC church. Hope this helps....

Lutherans: language, koine greek, exhaustive concordance
koine greek, exhaustive concordance, parts of the bible: The Bible was originally written in Hebrew and then the NT in Greek. Both languages used in the Bible are still studied by many to teach what the Bible says. At the University that I attended, I studied both Ancient and Classical Greek and later, at the...

Lutherans: language, partial copies, words of god
partial copies, words of god, greek classics: Neither! The OT was written in Hebrew (a current language) and the NT was partially Greek and partially Aramaic. If you question modern interpretations, view the Passion, written in Aramaic! Do you also question the Greek classics like the writings of...

Lutherans: language, dead sea scrolls, koine greek
dead sea scrolls, koine greek, hebrew texts: Jon: Thank you for your clarification on my misquotation of you. I understand your point and the differences you make between God s original words and our human efforts in transmission and translation. Both dilute the original through human error. As...

Lutherans: language, correct translation, ancient languages
correct translation, ancient languages, translation interpretation: The Bible was originally written in Hebrew and Greek. You are entirely mistaken about the number of people currently fluent in ancient languages. There are hundreds of scholars who devote their entire lives to the correct translation of the Bible. They do...

Lutherans: lcms member whose has a good question.., lcms congregations, lcms churches
lcms congregations, lcms churches, lcms church: Stephanie: Great question. I am an ELCA pastor, so my answer will be very unofficial. My impression is that in general, LCMS policy frowns on having us ELCA folks fill your pulpits since we are not officially “orthodox” enough. That being said, however,...

Lutherans: How Do I learn to Read the Bible, theology student, group bible
theology student, group bible, how to read the bible: That s about the toughest question that I have ever gotten online. I know how it came about that I am in the place you want to be.... but everybody is different. I m a teacher and so I am a perpetual student. I love to learn. So it is not at all difficult...

Lutherans: How Do I learn to Read the Bible, how to read the bible, studying the bible
how to read the bible, studying the bible, eternal questions: Christine: I am glad to hear you are reading the entire Bible. It is something all Christians should make a goal of at least one time. First of all, pray that the Holy Spirit would increase you interest in studying the Bible. It sounds like you are doing...

Lutherans: life I guess, weather god, personal religion
weather god, personal religion, religious literature: Hi, Christine. I try not to be a religious person. Because most relgions are similiar and are quite burdensome. But being a disciple and part of the family of Jesus Christ is different than being religious. Job was a religious man. He went through...

Lutherans: love, eternal fellowship, must be a reason
eternal fellowship, must be a reason, trust in god: Our love to God is supreme over any other love. Included in that love is respect, awe/fear, and dependence. He alone is God and deserves the love of all. Our love of self is a recognition that God loves us and called us to be His child.... warts and all...

Lutherans: love, indwelling of the holy spirit, stoneburner
indwelling of the holy spirit, stoneburner, baptism: Marc: We can know God through his Word, the Bible. We also know God through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, received at baptism as well as through Scripture. Love of self is really an understanding and appreciation that if God loved me so much...

Lutherans: lutheran beliefs, catholic faiths, true church of god
catholic faiths, true church of god, catholic monk: Mary: I am very sorry for the treatment you received from a so-called Lutheran. I have never heard of someone doing such things, and I find your coworker s behavior disgusting. There has been a rift in the Lutheran/Catholic faiths since early on (Luther...

Lutherans: lutheran church expectations, lcms website, leviticus 19 28
lcms website, leviticus 19 28, wise judgment: Dan: Good question. The Lutheran Church contains a wide variety of Lutheran groups. The ELCA is the most liberal, accepting abortion and homosexuallity as OK. The LCMS is much more conservative, and the WELS being the most conservative. There is...

Lutherans: lutheran church, evangelical lutheran church, elca evangelical lutheran church
evangelical lutheran church, elca evangelical lutheran church, evangelical lutheran church in america: Sandy: Can you be more specific? The Missouri Synod is an evangelical church. The main Lutheran Churches in America are the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America), which is very liberal on issues such as abortion and homosexuality. They do not...

Lutherans: the lutheran faith in todays society., mainline christian denomination, noticeable decline
mainline christian denomination, noticeable decline, lutheran faith: Nina: Lutheranism is a mainline Christian denomination and is experiencing a small but noticeable decline in membership as society continues to depart from our Christian-rooted values and ethics. Christians have been challenged to either stick to Biblical...

Lutherans: lutheran religion, martin eldred, catholic monk
martin eldred, catholic monk, christian denomination: Ryan: Thank you for your question. The Christian denomination known as Lutheranism began in about the year 1517, when a Roman Catholic monk and priest named Martin Luther began to campaign for a series of reforms within the church. He was later excommunicated...

Lutherans: lutheran religion vs. catholic, roman catholism, roman catholic church
roman catholism, roman catholic church, praying to the saints: Ashley: There are similarities in the Roman Catholic Church and the Lutheran church. Martin Luther, the protestant reformer who founded the Lutheran denomination, broke from the Roman Catholic Church, but kept the parts of the faith that were scriptural...

Lutherans: lutheran religion, roman catholic church, catholic monk
roman catholic church, catholic monk, lutheran religion: Ruby: Lutherans originated from Germany. Martin Luther, a Catholic monk, founded the Lutheran church while trying to reform the Roman Catholic church to be more in line with scripture (which was allowed to be read only by the monks & priests). It spread...

Lutherans: what are the lutheran rules?, missouri synod lutheran church, missouri synod lutheran
missouri synod lutheran church, missouri synod lutheran, synod lutheran church: Gaby: Lutherans vary widely in their beliefs and practice from group to group. I belong to the Missouri-Synod Lutheran Church. We are generally a liturgical church, which means we follow a prescribed liturgy in worship. It is spelled out and organized....

Lutherans: lutheran view of afterlife, judgement day, heaven and hell
judgement day, heaven and hell, lutheran view: Jasmine: The best view of what Scripture teaches is that the soul goes to heaven or hell, and is joined by the resurrected body on the last day (judgement day). Remember the parable told by Jesus of the Rich man and Lazarus? It indicated that people...

Lutherans: lutheran vs catholic, roman catholism, roman catholic church
roman catholism, roman catholic church, praying to the saints: CJ: There are similarities in the Roman Catholic Church and the Lutheran church. Martin Luther, the protestant reformer who founded the Lutheran denomination, broke from the Roman Catholic Church, but kept the parts of the faith that were scriptural...

Lutherans: lutheran vs other religions, relgions, lutherans
relgions, lutherans, religon: Each denomination of the Christian church is different or they would be joined together as one. There are very close similiarities between Lutherans and some, but also some great differences between Lutherans and others. There are no similiarites between...

Lutherans: lutheran women, different types of religions, fellow saints
different types of religions, fellow saints, lutheran women: Sorry for the delay in answering. Within the Lutheran fellowship there are various views as to the roles of women within the church. Because of this, there are no strict rules even though some groups may have different traditions. We do NOT believe...

Lutherans: lutherans and catholics, catholic congregations, lutheran congregations
catholic congregations, lutheran congregations, catholic churhes: Approval to participate in Holy Communion at either Lutheran or Roman Catholic churhes depends on the congregation. Some Lutheran congregations accept all who come if they are Christians and the same is true for Catholic congregations. The reason given...

Lutherans: luthern divorce and scaraments, son jesus christ, visible element
son jesus christ, visible element, wrong choices: Lutherans have a different definition of what Sacraments are. Since the Bible does not mention or define Sacraments, each church body is free to use the term as they will. To us a Sacrament is an act commanded by God with a promise from God for salvation...

Lutherans: Main Writings, roman catholic priests, roman catholic church
roman catholic priests, roman catholic church, book of concord: You are correct. The Book of Concord is our only book of common doctrine. Luther wrote the Large and Small Catechism contained in the book, but the majority of it was written by other former Roman Catholic priests who were in agreement with the Reformation....

Lutherans: Mark of Cain, martin eldred, walter brueggemann
martin eldred, walter brueggemann, testament scholar: Carol: Great question. I am not really certain if we can know exactly what that was, since the biblical reference only refers to a mark, or a sign that will distinguish him from others. It seemed to make him different as well as to warn others not to harm...

Lutherans: Marriage, elca lutheran churches, martin eldred
elca lutheran churches, martin eldred, time weddings: Karen: First, let me pass on my congratulations for your renewal of marriage vows! You raise a great question. Unfortunately, I cannot give an answer that covers all Lutheran churches. In my experience, I think that your answer lies in your local...

Lutherans: Marriage, martin eldred, lutheran congregations
martin eldred, lutheran congregations, wedding rules: Abbi: First, let me congratulate you on your engagement and upcoming wedding. Second, you should know that wedding rules and regulations are highly dependant on local situations. Each congregation often as differing rules, sometimes even within the same...

Lutherans: Marriage/Divorce/Pregnancy, elca lutheran churches, marriage divorce
elca lutheran churches, marriage divorce, stoneburner: Ms Combs: Your possibility of being married in a Lutheran Church is totally up to the individual pastor. Many pastors choose not to marry people living together prior to marriage unless they seperate prior to the marriage. The ELCA Lutheran churches...

Lutherans: Martin Luther, roman catholic church, lord jesus christ
roman catholic church, lord jesus christ, catholic monk: Chandler: Martin Luther was the Catholic monk who broke from the Roman Catholic church in order to reform it. After a number of attempts at an inward reform, it became apparent that seperation was the only option, at which time the Lutheran Church was...

Lutherans: Martin Luther, martin luther, time line
martin luther, time line: Martin Luther lived from 1483 to 1546. A good summary of this time line is found in http://www.susanlynnpeterson.com/luther/early.html You will find other good websites just by doing a search with just simply asking for Martin Luther. THere is much...

Lutherans: Martin Luther, reformation of the roman catholic church, roman catholic church
reformation of the roman catholic church, roman catholic church, castle church: Actually, Martin Luther was just doing what the monks often did in those times. Since they didn t have access to entertainment even of new books, they would often post questions for discussion groups, much like a chat room . The propositions that he posted...

Lutherans: Martin Luther, lutheran faith, evangelical christians
lutheran faith, evangelical christians, evangelical church: First of all, the name, Lutheran was created as a slur against the Evangelical church. The contribution that Martin Luther made to all of Christendom was the restatemet of the gospel which had been buried under the Law and the traditions of man. The...

Lutherans: Martin Luther, roman catholic church, catholic monk
roman catholic church, catholic monk, lutheran faith: Elese: Martin Luther was a Catholic monk who wanted to reform the Roman Catholic church. He was led to understand that the Bible is the source of truth and that we are saved, not by our works, but by faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior; not of our...

Lutherans: Martin Luther, jesus christ our lord, customs and traditions
jesus christ our lord, customs and traditions, lord and savior: Perhaps you are speaking of the 95 Thesis that Father Martin Luther nailed to the chapel door. This was a common thing to do for priests who wanted to get into discussions over theological matters. The topic was posted and a time was set for them to get...

Lutherans: Martin Luther, confession and absolution, lutheran faith
confession and absolution, lutheran faith, book of questions: There are quite a few books and even some movies which tell about the Reformation. Here I Stand is one of the oldest written in English. But, if you want to do some serious study, The Book of Concord contains all the doctrines of the Lutheran Church....

Lutherans: Martin Luther, blood of jesus, supererogation
blood of jesus, supererogation, debit credit: It has to do with the times. The teaching of the organized church at that time was that all people would be saved by good works. They had to balance out their sins with enough good workd to overcome them. Unless the debit/credit was balanced, they would...

Lutherans: Martin Luther's Book on Free Will, apostles creed, commentary on romans
apostles creed, commentary on romans, christian liberty: Ann: Thank you for your question. The issue of Free Will and Luther’s understanding of it is one of the harder with which to wrestle. Part of the difficultly comes from the fact that Luther’s views often are counter to what most of our American culture...

Lutherans: Martin Luther Quote, stoneburner, martin luther
stoneburner, martin luther, prayer: Wayne: Do you mean where and when did he say it? If so, I do not know. If you want an explanation, I would be happy to give you that, but that does not seem to be what you are asking for in your question. Sorry. In Christ s Service, Gordon...

Lutherans: Martin Luther, theological degree, law degree
theological degree, law degree, boarding school: He began at the Mansfeld Lateinschule. At age 13 began boarding school in Madgeburg. Then went to St George in Eisenach. And then to the Universitiy of Erfurt. At this last school, he also received his Master degree, his law degree and finally his theological...

Lutherans: Mary-the Mother of God, mary the mother of god, mother of god
mary the mother of god, mother of god, stoneburner: Eric: I have never heard such a story. Lutherans teach that honor is due Mary because God chose her to carry Jesus. Nothing more. We reject any teachings which would giver her miraculous powers including virginity after Christ, and the assumption. We...

Lutherans: is Mary the mother of God?, father son and holy spirit, mary the mother of god
father son and holy spirit, mary the mother of god, jesus mother: Alison: Mary is the mother of Jesus. God s chosen, virgin birth. This is taken from the Christmas story in Luke. I would say Mary is Jesus mother, not God s mother. God ususally refers to either the Father, or the collective Trinity of Father,...

Lutherans: Middle East Situation, old testament law, biblical scriptures
old testament law, biblical scriptures, star wars program: Mike: Scripture does not discuss future earthly events as you mentioned. The fear of EM wave is very real. It would also knock out our power grid. Scripture does not support a general first strike. The best defense is the Star Wars program...

Lutherans: Missouri Synod, missouri synod lutheran church, missouri synod lutheran
missouri synod lutheran church, missouri synod lutheran, synod lutheran church: Hi Betty, Sorry it took so long to get back to you, but my computer has been down for a few weeks. ELCA is a grouping of lutheran churches that came together in the 80 s. LCMS did not join in because of the the liberal doctrines that were accepted to...

Lutherans: MORMON FRIEND, mormon friend, mormon church
mormon friend, mormon church, mouth jesus: The Mormon teachings do allow for Jesus Christ to be God. They extol Him as great but not that great. Since they do have the Bible besides their own book, the Word of God is available to many who belong to the Mormon Church. And where the Word is, so...

Lutherans: I'm very confused about my religion, protestant reformation, roman catholic church
protestant reformation, roman catholic church, concordia publishing: Angela: Have you ever been confirmed? Luther s Small Catechism is the small book with the summary of all our the major teachings of the Lutheran Church. Lutherans are part of the Protestant Reformation (we were the first!) which attempted to reform...

Lutherans: I'm Lutheran and he's Baptist, power of the holy spirit, stages of a relationship
power of the holy spirit, stages of a relationship, supper jesus: Years ago denominations had uniform and set doctrines. But in this time of diversity many of those who call themselves Baptists are more like Lutherans or Methodists or even Congregationalists than like their fellow Baptists. I guess you could say that...

Lutherans: I'm not a Protestant but I'm..., church denominations, indwelling of the holy spirit
church denominations, indwelling of the holy spirit, infant baptism: Andrew: Good question. You are quite correct that the initial idea to be born again was from Christ himself. Most Lutherans and other mainstream long-term denominations would say that we are born again at baptism (most believe in infant baptism). This...

Lutherans: I'm not a Protestant but I'm..., reply jesus, spiritual rebirth
reply jesus, spiritual rebirth, subjective idea: Being born again is an essential part of being a Christian according to the Bible. It was not written about as an outward act but as a spiritual rebirth. Here are a few of the passages: John 3:3-8 3 In reply Jesus declared, I tell you the truth,...

Lutherans: marriage in a Lutheran church, lutheran pastors, marriage ceremony
lutheran pastors, marriage ceremony, stoneburner: Katie: Different Lutheran pastors have different requirements. The best thing to do would be to make an appointment and visit one. Discuss your situation and he can steer you from there. Your grandmother s baptism may be valid. He can determine that....

Lutherans: marriage in Luthern Church, roman catholic faith, luthern church
roman catholic faith, luthern church, converting to catholic: Terry: It all depends on the individual pastor and church. Some will not. Some will, if you take classes to become a member. Still others will. I suggest you call (or better yet, visit) several and talk with the pastors. There are different Lutheran...

Lutherans: marriage vows, marriage vows, lord jesus christ
marriage vows, lord jesus christ, marriage union: They are married in the eyes of God. When you read about Mary and Joseph, they were considered married when they were betrothed (promised to each other). When Joseph found that Mary was pregnant even before the ceremony, he sought to divorce her. This...

Lutherans: marriage, martin eldred, marriage counselor
martin eldred, marriage counselor, safe place: Donna: I am very sorry for you situation. I hesitate giving you advice online on this matter. I would encourage you to talk to someone in your town, perhaps the pastor who married you, if you used a pastor. You could also find another pastor to help...

Lutherans: matrimony in heaven, zion lutheran, davenport ia
zion lutheran, davenport ia, schamp: Shirley, Marriage is about as close as we can get to oneness and togetherness with another person on earth... when it is a great marriage. From what I understand of God s word about heaven, it will be living with God and all the saints in Christ in...

Lutherans: A million thanks!!!, infant baptism, age of accountability
infant baptism, age of accountability, stoneburner: Fredirick: The early church practiced infant Baptism. It was not until much later did people view reason as a necessity of salvation and the later reformers discarded infant baptism sacrament for a believer s baptism, which one must be the age of accountability...

Lutherans: a modern God??, watchman nee, charismatic movement
watchman nee, charismatic movement, christian approach: That is a very large topic. As I considered the books you might use for research, I discovered that there are piles of them. The real change has been affected by BOOKS THEMSELVES! Whereas some books were written, copied and even some printed in number...

Lutherans: The nature of Sin, total depravity, places in the bible
total depravity, places in the bible, christian viewpoint: Alyssa: This is a deep and complex issue, but I will do my best at summarizing it: Sin started by the rebellion of Lucifer, a high angel under God. He was cast out of heaven and is known as Satan, and his followers are demons. Our first encounter...

Lutherans: The nature of Sin, christian viewpoint, absence of light
christian viewpoint, absence of light, different religions: The first thing to note about sin is that it is the absence of God s will. It is like darkeness is only the absence of light and cold is the absence of heat. It is then, by its nature, a negative even though it may be either an action taken or omitted....

Lutherans: Office of the Keys, lutheran catechism, son of the living god
lutheran catechism, son of the living god, vicarious atonement: The basis of this title and the teachings it stands for is: Matt 16:16-20 16 Simon Peter answered, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. 17 Jesus replied, Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but...

Lutherans: Origin of synods, lc ms, german church
lc ms, german church, doctrinal differences: The divisions were thre from the inception of the synods. The ALC and ULC and others where begun on the east coast of the US and spread from that point. The LC-MS began in Missouri and moved north from there. In other words, much of the early division...

Lutherans: Original Sin & baptism, peaceful teachings, absolute link
peaceful teachings, absolute link, error of our ways: The basis is the Bible. It explains that sin has a consequence, which is separation from God. God is perfect and anything imperfect cannot dwell with Him. So, in order for us to be with God (in eternity) we need to become perfect. The Bible clearly says...

Lutherans: Orthodox Baptism, orthodox baptism, true mysteries
orthodox baptism, true mysteries, blind obedience: The Sacraments are true mysteries from and of God. It is almost in blind obedience that we carry out the commands to baptize and celebrate the Lord s Supper. It is because we understand so little that Christian denominations have such varied interpretations...

Lutherans: Orthodox Lutheran Church, eastern orthodox churches, roman catholic church
eastern orthodox churches, roman catholic church, apostolic succession: The Orthodox Lutheran Church, also known as The Catholic Church-Lutheran Rite is a relatively small group among those who call themselves Lutheran. I don t know a great deal about them, but what I know is that they put a great emphasis on the Apostolic Succession...

Lutherans: old testament-God, testament god, god question
testament god, god question, serious crimes: John: You ask an interesting question, but one which human reason and logic may not have the answer for which you look. Many of the OT laws were designed to create a society for which people could get along. Others were designed to show God the proper...

Lutherans: old testament/slavery-polygamy, indentured servants slaves, old testament bible
indentured servants slaves, old testament bible, old testment: In our society, we consider slavery to be immoral because of the abuse associated with it in our history. But it has not always been so...in general. Even as the Americas were being populated, many were only able to come here as indentured servants/slaves....

Lutherans: original sin and the Curse, forty days and forty nights, devil 2
forty days and forty nights, devil 2, garden of eden: Already perfected means the same as robotic . Unless there was a free will, the ability to choose God as their lord and the one they would trust, they would not have free will . Adam chose to believe the devil instead of God. EVEN JESUS, according...

Lutherans: Pastor's financial support, social security payments, pastoral staff
social security payments, pastoral staff, churchs: Carol: Thank you for your question. Most often, the local congregation does support the pastoral staff through the financial package of salary, housing (either by a “parsonage” owned by the congregation, or through a monetary amount. “Housing” is considered...

Lutherans: Pastor's, lcms church, 150th anniversary
lcms church, 150th anniversary, holy spirit: The calling of a pastor and the pastor s reasons for accepting it may have many reasons. Hopefully, it is primarily because of the prompting of God s Holy Spirit. I don t know that it would be valuable or profitable for you or the members of your congregation...

Lutherans: Prayer, magic incantations, biblical scholar
magic incantations, biblical scholar, personal belief: JC God does hear our prayers, but does not always answer them as we see fit. Sin effects our lives. This is not always our sin, but can be sins of those around us. You are correct, that prayer is not a majic incantation. We are told to pray. I do believe...

Lutherans: Predestination, double predestination, reformed theology
double predestination, reformed theology, stoneburner: Charles: You are correct. Lutherans believe in SINGLE predestination. Again, our doctrine is based on scripture, which does discuss being predestined to be saved. It does not teach predestined to damnation, but teaches that damnation is based on rejecting...

Lutherans: Predestination, double predestination, eternal damnation
double predestination, eternal damnation, protestant groups: I don t know that the phrase, single predestination, was coined by him, but he certainly taught what that phrase means. You probably know what it means, but if not: Luther believed and taught that God does indeed predestine some to eternal salvation,...

Lutherans: Protestants, apostles creed, roman catholic church
apostles creed, roman catholic church, catholic monk: Deb: Sorry for the delay. Luther felt that stricter criteria were needed to determine which actions should be considered sacraments, or means of grace. He established a simple formula: established by Jesus and; a promise of forgiveness attached to a...

Lutherans: Could you please explain Sola..., self righteousness, catholic position
self righteousness, catholic position, christ jesus: Good works and faith are connected but what is needed is a correct understanding of how they are connected. There are many, many passages which teach the same as the following: Rom 1:17 17 For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness...

Lutherans: Could you please explain Sola..., scripture verses, catholic position
scripture verses, catholic position, faith hope: Winston: We are saved by faith alone. Works come from our gratitude of what Christ did for us. Otherwise, we would be saying that Christ s action was not enough - we must add to it by doing a-b-c . This runs counter to scripture. Please see Mark...

Lutherans: prayer, martin eldred, prayer sermon
martin eldred, prayer sermon, paul tillich: I am not certain I can anwer this. Although I studied Tillich a my main theologian in Seminary (we were encouraged to favor one in our overall reading) it ha been twenty year since I really have been conversant with him. I really must pass since anything...

Lutherans: prayer, protestant theology, protestant view
protestant theology, protestant view, traditional lutheran: Andrew: No, Lutherans have traditionally viewed God speaking through His Word, the Bible. While we do not limit what God can or cannot do, we hold that God speaking to a person directly would be very rare. Then Scripture must be used as a guide. ...

Lutherans: how can I have my prayers answered?, stoneburner, prayers
stoneburner, prayers, god: Adam: What makes you think they are not being answered. Maybe God is answering wait or no . Often, we would like to direct God in the direction which seems right to us. God knows better and sometimes, for our own good (or the good of others), the...

Lutherans: Question on Heaven and Hell, john muhammed, serious crimes
john muhammed, serious crimes, dalai lama: I will send the first part of the answer to you again WITH A LITTLE ADDITION OF EXPLANATION: Answer: Actually, JOHN WAS THE PROPHET about which the OT spoke. BUT he was not the prophet that they Jews were speaking about. THEY HAD A DIFFERENT CONCEPT...

Lutherans: question, false predictions, stoneburner
false predictions, stoneburner, predictions of the future: Ryan: I glanced at the site. I do not see anything that appears to be Biblical teachings. I would not be concerned about false predictions of the future. Only God knows the time and day, as Jesus said. Hope that helps. In Christ s Service, Gordon...

Lutherans: Rapture, word rapture, millenial
word rapture, millenial, church bodies: Chiliaism (sometimes chilism) is the doctrine of some church bodies that Christ will reign on earth for a thousand years. The Bible indicates that we will all be judged at the same time. Here are a few of the passages of the Bible which speak of Judgment...

Lutherans: Reformation, christian faiths, personal sins
christian faiths, personal sins, supererogation: I see the Reformation as a necessary but distressing part for the western part of the body of Christ. Luther was a RCC priest with a zeal of love for the church being led by the Pope. His intent was to reform, not to destroy, to restore not to destroy....

Lutherans: Repentance, faith and grace, gift from god
faith and grace, gift from god, repentence: The Greek metanoia has as its base: to change(meta) and activity of the mind(nous). So it is more a changing of the thinking process than a type of physical turning around . Conversion (epistrophe)is more like a turning; a reversion or revolution....

Lutherans: Revelation, stoneburner, new testament
stoneburner, new testament, time in history: Jack: Scripture teaches us to always be aware of God s presence. I do think that God revealed all we need to know about salvation through scripture. He may choose to talk to someone at some time in history, but I think it rare. If you investigate...

Lutherans: Revelation, moral compass, scriptural references
moral compass, scriptural references, holy spirit: No, we don t believe that God directly tells us the answer to all our personal problems. When we ask anything of God He may grant us what we want, like an answer for direction, or He may deny us what we ask or He may just defer an answer till later. God...

Lutherans: Rosary, saying the rosary, life of faith
saying the rosary, life of faith, blood of jesus: People vary greatly in how they worship God. People use different places, objects, music, times, stances, etc. If they help us approach God, give Him the praise and honor that belongs to Him alone and help us have a closer relationship with Him, then...

Lutherans: How to raise our daughter?, stacy stacy, faith training
stacy stacy, faith training, jewish husband: Stacy: I could not disagree with your more. Part of our God-given duty as Christian parents is to train up our child in the way he should go. This involves the faith training that we practice. If you are not active in your faith, why would you expect...

Lutherans: How to read the bible, lutheran churches, how to read the bible
lutheran churches, how to read the bible, relationship with god: There are so many ways (systems, plans) for reading the Bible that I doubt that I could come up with what your pastor told you. I would suggest that you begin with the Gospel of John, then the Acts, Romans , Philippians and Ephesians. Read them with the...

Lutherans: reformation, stained glass windows, praise of folly
stained glass windows, praise of folly, good news of jesus: These were effective weapons because they were interesting and more easily understood by a population that was, for the most part, unlearned and not steeped in doctrinal knowledge. The liberty of a Christian hit home because the people were oppressed...

Lutherans: religion, jew and gentile, mouth jesus
jew and gentile, mouth jesus, word of faith: There still are people who believe that they will by saved by their denomination(like Baptist or Roman Catholic). But there is only one savior and that is Jesus Christ. He is the only one who could take the sins of others on Himself and give us His perfect...

Lutherans: religion, roman catholic church, infant baptism
roman catholic church, infant baptism, lutheran schools: Jennifer: We have quite a few Catholic students in our Lutheran schools. Most of my current enrollment is Baptist. There are few differences in practise between Lutherans and Catholics than Luthearns and Baptists. There are not significant issues from...

Lutherans: Who is responsible?, eastern orthodox forum, eastern orthodox theology
eastern orthodox forum, eastern orthodox theology, forgiveness and reconciliation: Rose: Thank you for your question, it raises a sticky point in the history of Christianity and our relationship with Jews. First, let me start by saying that I cannot tell you what official Eastern Orthodox theology is regarding the responsibility of...

Lutherans: rosary, human position, stoneburner
human position, stoneburner, prayer: Desiree: Lutherans do not accept any prayer as more valuable than another. We do recite the Lord s Prayer in each church service. We would not believe the rosary has any special or extra benefit to any other prayer. We also do not believe in praying...

Lutherans: Sacraments, word sacrament, thief on the cross
word sacrament, thief on the cross, lutheran doctrine: We believe in salvation by faith alone, by grace alone and by Scripture alone. That is we are saved by God s grace which is attained by faith in His written promise in the Bible. These are three, but they all are part of our salvation. The Sacraments...

Lutherans: Sad, sad, sad., question god, killing animals
question god, killing animals, lossed: Lisa: I understand how you feel the world is in such a sin-filled state. I m a little lossed on who Korea killing animals fore meat is different that us killing animals for meat, but we will leave the animals and go to what I think is the heart of your...

Lutherans: Saints, all saints, personal relationship
all saints, personal relationship, kindof: Hi Alex, Yes they do. In the Bible, it is written of the brotherhood of all saints in which all Christians are a part. beyond that..... Catholics put great value in sainthood and even pray to the saints to intercede on their behalf with God...specific...

Lutherans: Salvation, false god, stoneburner
false god, stoneburner, age of reason: Tom: Scripture talks about God coming to people, not people making a decision. This theology entered the Christian church during the Age of Reason and today is practiced by the churches who have their roots in that time period. The Holy Spirit comes...

Lutherans: Salvation, god keeps his promises, promises of god
god keeps his promises, promises of god, lutheran view: To be with God for eternity, one must be perfect. It s spoken of as light and darkeness co-existing..only one can be there. Unrighteousness cannot be a part of righteousness, and God is fully and competely righteous. All this means is that we have to...

Lutherans: Seeing Jesus, jesus is god, individual care
jesus is god, individual care, specifics: Hi Eve, sorry it took so long to get back to you. My PC is a bit hard to get on nowdays. It s kindof a loaded question, not knowing what your specifics are, but let me try. Jesus is God and can therefore do anything. If He wanted to appear to you...

Lutherans: Sharing our Church, evangelism programs, lcms church
evangelism programs, lcms church, golden agers: I m sorry for the delay in answering your question. I have been unable to access by computer for over a week. I would recommend that you take a chance and let it be known that you are willing to share your building with others. There is always a risk....

Lutherans: Sin inherited from our forefathers, wickedness, scripture references
wickedness, scripture references, doctrine of original sin: The teaching cannot be separated from the sin of Adam and Eve. Since scripture mentions that Seth, one of the children of Adam and Eve was born in the image of Adam, all people born of man no longer have the pure(and perfect)image of God, but the corrupted...

Lutherans: Single-predestination and a question about the Spirit, exodus god, spirit of god
exodus god, spirit of god, god god: Joan: Thank you for your question. I hope my answer is what you are looking for. I notice your subject line, “single-predestination” and am not as clear as to what your focus is, but I’ll give it a shot. The quote your reference come from the conversation...

Lutherans: Sola Fide, work of the holy spirit, vicarious atonement
work of the holy spirit, vicarious atonement, roman catholics: Charles, Sola Fide is meant to be quite strict(precise). It is by faith in the vicarious atonement of Jesus ALONE that we are saved. To add faith in any other belief or action takes away a faith in the free gift of salvation and makes our faith dependent...

Lutherans: Sola Fide, roman catholic doctrine, justification by faith
roman catholic doctrine, justification by faith, doctrine of justification: Charles: Please note, I would hesitate... , others would not hesitate. Also, it is important to note that the more one believes his works are credited toward his salvation, the less significant Christ s works become. Where the point of no return ...

Lutherans: Southern Baptist vs ELCA, southern baptists, missouri synod
southern baptists, missouri synod, lutheran beliefs: Liz: Thank you for your question. I will try my best to highlight some key differences, as I see them at least, between Lutherans and Southern Baptists. For further Lutheran beliefs, you may try the ELCA site: www.elca.org . They should have a page that...

Lutherans: Speaking in Tongues, elca lutherans, gifts of the holy spirit
elca lutherans, gifts of the holy spirit, stewardship drive: I am familiar mostly with the LC-MS and the ELCA Lutherans and they both have Charismatic congregations as well as congregations which have members who speak in tongues. In a recent stewardship drive, the Lutheran congregation which I most often attend...

Lutherans: Speaking in Tongues, gift of the holy spirit, speaking in tongues
gift of the holy spirit, speaking in tongues, charismatic churches: Speaking in tongues is a gift of the Holy Spirit and spiritual matters are often not understood or agreed upon. It isn t as if God wanted to keep a lot of secrets, but we just don t have the capacity to understand all the things of God while still in these...

Lutherans: Spritual Gifts, spiritual gifts assessment, spritual gifts
spiritual gifts assessment, spritual gifts, stoneburner: Evan: Good question. I guess it depends on the church and pastor. I have been at two churches that did a spiritual gifts assessment. One reason many do not, however, is the closeness to the charismatic movement that spiritual gifts have been associated....

Lutherans: is sabbath still binding on christians today?, heavenly jerusalem, trumpet blast
heavenly jerusalem, trumpet blast, new covenant: We are to have a day of rest and we are to set aside time to worship the Lord. Man was created in such a way that we need a day of recuperation or eventually we will burn out....as many have in our time. We also need a time to pray, honor and praise...

Lutherans: sacraments, sacred acts, works of the holy spirit
sacred acts, works of the holy spirit, scripture passage: There is no scripture passage which says that these are sacraments just as there are no passages which say that these are works which we offer to God as Baptists imply and even teach. We believe and teach that these are sacred acts which GOD has given to...

Lutherans: salvation issues, firm in the faith, computer malfunction
firm in the faith, computer malfunction, conscious choice: Leah, Once again, I apologize that it has taken me a week to write back. Please know that you have been in my prayers everyday since I first read your letter. Here is what I hope is Good News (gospel) for your and your situation: I think God completely...

Lutherans: scripture, martin eldred, church discipline
martin eldred, church discipline, primacy of peter: Bridget: Thank you for your question. Matthew 16:19 has been a source of much discussion over the years. Generally, “the keys” are seen to refer to the given power to forgive sins (see the parallel passage in Matthew 18:18 ) But to whom are these...

Lutherans: sign of the cross etc., martin eldred, worship offerings
martin eldred, worship offerings, lutheran pastors: Lutherans are encouraged to use the sing of the cross in rememberance of their baptism. Not all do so, some hold back over feeling to Catholic but many do use it. Almost all Lutheran pastors that I know use it. On the second question, I would go with...

Lutherans: the soul after death, saving faith, father in heaven
saving faith, father in heaven, stoneburner: Christians (Lutherans being one denomination) believe that the soul either goes to heaven or hell at the resurrection of the dead. Where one goes, is based on whether they have a saving faith in Jesus Christ as Savior. In Christ s Service, Gordon Stoneburne...