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There is No Reason Why Lutherans Should Not be Lutherans

May 28th, 2010
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“Because of the confessional position of the Lutheran Church, there is no reason why Lutherans should not still be Lutheran. Espousing the catholic and apostolic faith with Christ as center and Scripture as source, Lutherans are part of the one, holy, catholic and apostolic church. Therefore, they do not have to ask whether they should be part of a church body with a name other than Lutheran. They do, of course, need to be concerned about the barriers that divide Christians from each other and must listen to other Christians for what the Holy Spirit may have to say through them. But they do not need to be concerned, as some other Christians have insisted they should be concerned, that they are somehow not the true church of Christ.”

— A. C. Piepkorn, The Sacred Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions, pp. 195, 196. HT: Weedon.

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  1. Jack Kilcrease
    May 28th, 2010 at 09:08 | #1

    The only part that makes me nervous is “listening to what the Holy Spirit is saying through other Christians”- sounds a little like Enthusiasm to me. Also, it sounds a bit like he wants to relativize the Lutheran position within the wider “church catholic.” Pieper is right, the Lutheran Church is the true catholic church.

    Nevertheless, I can’t say that’s exactly what he means. I have is writing on my shelf and haven’t sit down to read him yet.

  2. May 28th, 2010 at 09:24 | #2

    A wonderful and timely quotation. Remember.

  3. Randy Keyes
    May 28th, 2010 at 09:34 | #3

    The most loved hated denomination: Baptist. The most hated denomination: Baptist. The least loved denomination: Lutheran. The least hated denomination: Lutheran. No one knows who we are, but only that we drink beer. Now is not the time to change the name, but the perception. :)


  4. May 28th, 2010 at 09:36 | #4

    This quote illustrates how the more things change, the more they stay the same! I hope history one day writes that the late 20th & early 21st century was a period that Lutherans rediscovered the “pearl of great price” that they have always held. Instead of throwing everything out to be something we are not – may we rediscover the richness of God’s blessings within our midst.

  5. Timothy
    May 28th, 2010 at 16:00 | #5

    @Jack Kilcrease
    Having read portions of Mueller’s epitome of Christian Dogmatics, I remembering him as saying that the Evangelical Lutheran Church is the “orthodox visible Church of Christ on earth,” but not the One True Church. The implication is that, in the former label, your membership in the Lutheran Church is not required for salvation (that would be a denial of sola fide).

  6. lorna osborne
    June 1st, 2010 at 16:45 | #6

    Today, God only speaks to us through His Word, written or spoken through the Holy Spirit.

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