Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Confessional Lutheran?

This post is reproduced with the permission of Pastor Gary Hall, the author of the new blog Creedal Crime. It is a copy of Pastor Hall’s September 26 entry, which garnered him the singular distinction of Jeff Schwarz’s pick for Issues, Etc.™ blog of the week.

Is it just me or is it odd that we have to qualify Lutheran with Confessional? And evangelical would seem an odd qualifier as well. For what is a Lutheran but one who preaches and teaches in accord with the Book of Concord? If you are not preaching and teaching in accord with the Book of Concord how can you call yourself Lutheran? I guess that would make you a Cafeteria Lutheran, to borrow a term. Preaching and teaching according to your own fancy...I think St. Paul had something to say about that...."There will come a time when men will not put up with sound doctrine, but gather teachers to say what they want to hear."

And to think I sat down to post just that first question.

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