About the Lutheran Confessions
While the Bible is our only source for Truth, the reality is that there are a lot of ways of interpreting the Bible. The Lutheran Confessions are a summary of Scriptural truth collected over the time of the Reformation. They provide a clear, consistent way to interpret the Bible in light of the whole of Scripture and salvation by grace through faith. They’re not the source of Truth, but they are true, and the study of the Confessions is foundational to anyone seeking to serve in the Lutheran Church.
“At the Diet of Augsburg everything was charged with trouble and was in such a turmoil that all the world expected things to be turned topsy-turvy. Some had insolently threatened violence, and swords had already been drawn, firearms loaded. But, moved by our prayers, God so effectively helped us and opened a way of escape for us that those ranters, with their boasting and threatening, were thoroughly put to shame. God has given us a good peace and a time of grace, the like of which we have not seen for many a day and could not have hoped for.”
“Therefore, it is our intent to give witness before God and all Christendom, among those who are alive today and those who will come after us, that the explanation here set forth regarding all the controversial articles of faith which we have addressed and explained—and no other explanation—is our teaching, faith, and confession. In it we shall appear before the judgment throne of Jesus Christ, by God’s grace, with fearless hearts and thus give account of our faith, and we will neither secretly nor publicly speak or write anything contrary to it. Instead, on the strength of God’s grace we intend to abide by this confession.”