Thursday, July 14, 2005

Ask the Pastor: What Is a Confessional Lutheran?

Since I sometimes refer to Confessional Lutheranism, I thought I'd post this explanation written by Pastor Walter Snyder: Ask the Pastor: What Is a Confessional Lutheran?

We’re familiar with “conservatism.” In Christianity, it means those unwilling or unlikely to make hasty change, who are connected to their past, and who interpret the Bible assuming that it is God’s revealed, true Word. We officially reject those who call the Bible a human invention, or a mixture of the divine and the human.

The word “confessional” is not so commonly used. Normally, we think of a confession as an admission of guilt. “Confess” has a root meaning of “acknowledge together.” In matters of error, we state that we have, indeed, done what’s wrong — we “fess up.” But confession also has positive application: It can be used to declare faith.
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The Terrible Swede said...

Thanks, Mrs. K. I missed that in the CAT41 email.

I asked Pr. Synder if confessional Lutherans are the same as orthodox Lutherans. To me they are the same.

TKls2myhrt said...

And he answered!

"When we define and use the terms correctly, we can speak of true Lutheranism as being confessional (holding fast to and professing nothing but the pure doctrine of Scripture), orthodox (right teaching), evangelical (centered and grounded completely in the Gospel), charismatic (partakers in the Holy Spirit and His gifts), and catholic (in time and eternity part and parcel of the entirety of Christendom)."