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I am just curious if most modern Lutherans are like you, in that they too are adamantly opposed to Calvinism.
Just as is the case within the large general "tent" that is known as "Calvinism" or "Reformed" there are all kinds of people who call themselves Lutheran.
I am a pastor in a church called The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod. Our church began here in the USA in 1847 as a result of German immigrants who came to America to escape being forced into a merger of Calvinism and Lutheranism in the lands of Prussia, that was ordered by the King of Prussia in 1817. As a result, our founding fathers realized that the only way they could remain true to their identify as Lutherans was to leave. Our theological roots go directly back to Martin Luther in Saxony and we are very much committed to the Lutheran faith as it is set forth in what is called "The Book of Concord." And hence, yes, we still believe what is set forth as our confession of the faith in that book; consequently, our Synod would be the most close to the historic Lutheran rejections of various beliefs of Calvinism.
You can read more about why we are opposed to Calvinism by consulting the Book of Concord, which I'm pleased to tell you is available for free at www.bookofconcord.org
There is a special "reader's edition" of the book that contains a lot of helpful explanatory material, and you can read more about it at:
I hope this information is helpful to you.
Cordially, in Christ
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After I hit "send" I realized I should have said:
But of course both you and I are in total agreement that the "liberal" incarnations of our respective Reformation traditions are neither authentically Lutheran or Calvinist, but that sad mish-mash of Western liberalism which can no longer take a stand for any specific Christian truth.
Blessings in Christ our Lord
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I greatly respect the Lutherans emphasis on the Holy Writ. ... Personally, I firmly believe that unity, in addition to moral purity, benevolence, and evangelism, is a significant task laid on the church and its saints (John 17:20-21). So, may I pause to ask you this question? What do you think about this verse?
This verse seems to condemn us dividing into sects, especially those that wear a man's name. For me, this is a primary reason I am not a member of the Lutheran church, or any other denomination. (Please forgive me, if you do not consider the Lutheran church to be a denomination. I don't mean to offend.) I know you have great respect for the Bible, so I wanted to hear your thoughts on this.10 Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
11 For it has been declared to me concerning you, my brethren, by those of Chloe's household, that there are contentions among you.
12 Now I say this, that each of you says, "I am of Paul," or "I am of Apollos," or "I am of Cephas," or "I am of Christ."
13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?
14 I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius,
15 lest anyone should say that I had baptized in my own name. (I Corinthians 1:10-15)
I ask only because I too wear the name of Christ, and I seek His glory in all things, as I believe you want to do too.
May God help us to have a sincere love of the truth,
BTW he says, "Division, though tragic, is necessary in our fallen world in order to preserve the truth of God's Word". I don't think division preserves God's word!!