What is a Lutheran?

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2014-09-15 15:21:32

Of or pertaining to Martin Luther, leader of the Protestant

Reformation, a German theologian and author. An adherent to

Luther's doctrines.

The Protestant movement was breaking away from the doctrines of

the Roman Catholic Church. There is a denomination of the Christian

Church named after Luther, the Lutherans.

In a book called "Denominations - how we got them" by Stanley I.

Stuber (copyright 1959), I found this summary of Lutheran beliefs:

The doctrine of the Reformed Church is represented in the Apostles'

- the Nicene, and the Athanasian creeds. It is distinct from a

Calvinistic body. Stress is placed upon liturgy.

Children are baptized "as heirs of the kingdom of God and of his

covenant"; adults are baptized on profession of faith in Christ

unto the remission of sins.

The church membership consists of all baptized persons. These

are under the care of the Church, and are subject to its government

and discipline. The prospective members do not sign any specific

creed, but they are required to make a confession of faith before

the minister and elders.

The Lord's Supper is practiced, with emphasis placed upon the

spiritual presence of Christ at the Supper. Here is one of the

chief differences between the Lutheran and the Reformed


Another Answer:

A follower of Martin Luther, a German scholar and preacher from

the late 15th and early 16th century who believed that the Catholic

church was not advocating and spreading the word of Jesus Christ

any-more and so he and his followers the Lutherans

protested. This is where the term protestant comes from, a

Christian that is not part of the original Orthodox, Catholic etc


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