What is a Lutheran?
Of or pertaining to Martin Luther, leader of the Protestant
Reformation, a German theologian and author. An adherent to
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
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