A Lutheran And A Muslim Visit The Same Website...

No, it's not the beginning of some awful religious joke, but a hat tip to something that happened a little earlier today.

Praise the Lord! I was blessed to have been given the opportunity to confess the faith and to preach Christ crucified to a self-avowed Muslim today, albeit virtually, in the Comments Section of one of the posts published here several weeks ago.

I just pray that I was faithful to Him and His Word in my detailed responses since that's always my deep concern in situations like this (Isaiah 55:11; James 3:1).

Of course, I didn't beat around the bush at all. I thought it best to comment on Islam's belief that "good works" can help a Muslim atone for their sins by sharing with him/her the Doctrine of Justification, and when it came to the Muslim's uncertainty about their own salvation (since you can never really know how many of those "good works" are enough, and since it's entirely possible for a Muslim to pray for forgiveness and for Allah to not forgive them anyway) I shared with him/her the assurance and certainty they could have through faith in the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

As Pastor Mark Schroeder once wrote:



The Word of God is enough in the pulpit, at the Altar, in the classroom, in the hospital room, at the coffin, in the conference room and living room, on the street…and all of those times and places are the battle line of the Kingdom breaking in through the proclamation of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. There the prowling lion seeks someone to devour. This is labor enough as a pastor will tell you, but it is not a self-chosen work to 'save the church', as fellow Americans work themselves into a froth, "saving the earth" or "saving the nation". We do not have to save the Church. We simply can not. Jesus Christ has and His calling is for His Church to get the Word out.

In a Lutheran Layman's terms, I got the Word out! I was given an opportunity to bring glory, honor, and praise to Him and Him alone, and I pray that I was faithful in that regard.

For now, I will recall what we're told in 1 Corinthians 3:7-8 as well as the Lord’s promise to Peter and the disciples in Matthew 16:17 that says, "I will build My Church."

[NOTE: As you know, I am a newly converted Confessional Lutheran who recently escaped American Evangelicalism. That being said, please contact me ASAP if you believe that any of my "old beliefs" seem to have crept their way into any of the material you see published here, and especially if any of the content is not consistent with Lutheran doctrine -- in other words, if it's not consistent with God's Word -- so that I can correct those errors immediately and not lead any of His little ones astray. Thank you in advance for your time and help. Grace and peace to you and yours!]

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