LUTHERAN TRADITION    /     WORD GOD

I. Creeds 
1. Endorse Nicene Creed, Apostles Creed, Athanasian Creed and also the Augsburg Confession, and others (Luth Catechism, p. 81-82). 
II. Different Church Branches
    The Lutheran Church is one of the branches along with other denominations. (L. Catechism, p. 108) 
  Evangelical Lutheran church is the one established on Pentecost (L. Catechism, p. 110). 
 
III. Justified  by Faith Alone
       "Justified by faith alone in Jesus Christ is heal to  be the central doctrine of the word of God"  (Government . Report of Denominations, Vol. 2,p. 853). Added "alone" to Romans 3:28, in the German Bible, See Catechism, p.104. 
IV. Baptized by Sprinkling or Pouring 
      Christ does not specify the mode of baptism. It may be performed in any one of three ways; namely, by sprinkling, pouring or immersion. One mode is just as valid as another. 
    (Luther's Catechism, Stump, p.147). 
V. Baptize infants 
     "Christ has commanded that little children should be brought to Him and we obey this command by baptizing them and teaching them." 
      (Lutheran Catechism, Stump. p. 146). "They (children) have inherited a sinful heart, and the  germs of sin in them will soon grow" 
     (Lutheran Catechism, Stump, p. 146). 
VI. Lord's Supper 
       A. Sacrament through which forgiveness of sins is promised. 
       (Lutheran Catechism, p. 159). 
'Always proceeded by service of confession and absolution.'
   (Lutheran Catechism, p. 161). 
   'Christ conferred upon the church the "Power of the Keys" to remit sins - so the minister uses the power and pronounces the absolution (Lutheran Catechism, p. 161). 
        The real presence of the body and blood of Jesus Christ are sacramentally and supernaturally received by those who partake of the communion." 
   (Government Report, Vol. 2, p. 853). 
   "With and Under" - consubstantiation doctrine is that "the bread and wine do not simply represent the body and blood of Christ (Zwingli's view)." (Lutheran Catechism, p. 156-157). 
     
 
VII. Observe Lent and Easter 
 
      Similar to Catholic, Lutherans borrowed from them. 
VIII. Name Lutheran 
     Luther did not approve:
"I pray you leave my name alone and not to call yourselves  Lutherans but Christians. (Life of Luther, Michelet, p.262). 
I. Creeds 
1. John 6:63; Matthew 22:29
2. 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21. 
3. Galatians 1:8-9; Matthew 10:20. 
II. Different Churches  are not branches of Christ's church.
    1. Christ the head over the body. Ephesians 1:22-23.
   2. One body, Ephesians 2:16; 4:4;
I Corinthians 12:20
   3. John 15:1-6. Man, not groups or denominations are spoken of. Abide in     4. How enter into Christ: Romans 6:3; Galatians 3:27. 
   5. Christ only built ONE church, His church (Matthew 16:18) 33 A.D. 
III.NOT justified by faith alone. 
       1. James 2:24. NOT by faith alone. 
       2. James 2:19. Devils believe also. 
      3. John 12:42-43. Some who believed were not saved.  
      4. Matthew 10:32-33. Confession also necessary.
    5. Galatians 5:6. Faith must work to avail.  
IV. Baptized by sprinkling or pouring not found in the Bible, thus not right.
       1. John 3:23. Much water. 
       2. Matthew 3:16. Up out of water AFTER baptism. 
      3. Acts 8:38-39. Down into and up our of the water. 
      4. Romans 6:4 Burial (Colossians 2:12) 
       5. Greek word is (βάπτισμα, ατος, τό) baptizo..meaning to dip, plunge  submerge, Two other words are used for sprinkling ( ῥαντίζω) and pouring (ἀνάχυσις, εως, ἡ). 
     
V. Baptize infants Unbiblical
    1. Acts 17:29. We are offspring of God
    2. Mark 10:14. "suffer the little children to come unto me"...
    3. Ezekiel 18:20. Son NOT guilty except for his own sins. Children are not guilty for the sins of their parents and vice versa!
    4. There is no reference of infants being baptized in the Bible.
     5. Acts 8:12. Both men and women. 
     6. Mark 16:16. Belief comes first. 
VI. Lord's Supper 
   1. Sacrament from Romanism, not found in the  Bible. 
 
   2. Forgiveness not through the partaking of the Lord's Supper. 
 
 
 
 
   3. This concept of the Lord's Supper is NOT found in the Bible. 
   4. The "Keys" were conferred upon the Apostles only!! (Matthew 16:18; 18:18. 
   5. A figure like John 10; and John 15. 
   6. Luke 22:19. Jesus was still in the flesh. 
VII. Observe Lent and Easter 
  1. Hebrews 1:2. God speaks through Christ only. 
  2. Hosea 2:11. Special days to cease. 
  3. Colossians 2:16-17. Not to be judged by special days. 
  4. Mark 16:9. The first day of the week is the only day Christians collectively come together to worship and commemorate Christ. Lent and Easter is NOT in the Bible. *Note: "Easter" is a mistranslation in the King James Version (Acts 12:4) both in Greek ("πασχα (pascha)") and even in the context of the verse Christians are being killed and there is no regard for Christianity. Starting in verse 1 of Acts 12 Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex (cause distress or harm to) certain of the church. He kills James ...and he did this to please the Jews (not Christians) that is why he respected the Jewish "passover" NOT "Easter" a "holy day" that was foreign to Jesus, the apostles and the early church. 
VIII. Name Lutheran 
  1. 1. Acts 4:12. No other name. 
  2. 2. I Peter 4:16. If you suffer as a Christian (not Lutheran) 
  3. 3. Acts 26:28. "...Almost thou persuadest me to be a (Lutheran) no the Bible says Christian. Paul like the other Christians in the first century church established by Christ persuaded people to be just Christians...not hyphenated Christian names.