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Why Am I A Lutheran In The LCMS?

Why am I a Lutheran in the LCMS?

For those who haven't spent some time on the "Welcome" page of this blog, I thought it might be helpful to take a moment to answer this very important question, especially for those who are visiting for the very first time from the old Look Up Fellowship online community of believers.

Why am I a Lutheran in the LCMS? Well, I can tell you that it's more than mere "tradition," because even though I was raised a Lutheran, my family and I only attended church on the major holidays (the "Big Two" if you will -- Christmas and Easter).

Actually, that's not entirely accurate, because there was a short period of time when I was 13 in 7th or 8th grade when my Dad made me go to church each and every Sunday for several months on end. Why the sudden change? Because I had to be confirmed that year. Otherwise, Sundays would've consisted of sleeping in until kickoff.

Back to today's topic. Why am I a Lutheran in the LCMS? The short answer is because it's the most Biblically sound confession of faith on the planet. I didn't think that just a few years ago (I went through a phase were I thought all churches and denominations were apostate, blasphemous, and heretical), but today I wholeheartedly and most certainly do believe that Lutheran doctrine is consistent with Christian doctrine.

Why am I a Lutheran in the LCMS? I'll let Rev. Jonathan Fisk and Rev. Matt Richard answer that for me since their research and the resulting discussion from February 2013 is so very similar to my own personal journal from Evangelicalism (back) to the Lutheran Church.

DESCRIPTION: Pastor Fisk interviews Pastor Matt Richard on the research he's done on the topic of "Becoming Lutheran". Many of you may have even participated in the research, we've managed to get Pastor Richard to talk to us first about what he is discovering about people who make the shift from American Evangelicalism to confessional Lutheranism. If you yawned when I mentioned the word "research", be prepared to be surprised. This is really cool stuff and you won't want to miss a chance to hear this live and maybe even have Pastor Richard answer your questions you might have about becoming Lutheran. The results of the quantitative portion of the research project can be found here: http://www.pastormattrichard.com/2013/02/wetv-live-video-feed-of-becoming.html

I absolutely love Pastor Richard's own testimony about how he had all these "-isms" that were "living in the same house under one roof" and though he tried to keep them all there and keep them civil, as he grew older, and as the Lord matured him spiritually, those same -isms all started to fight with one another. Ditto!

Oh yeah, I almost forgot! Rev. Bryan Wolfmueller also gave a sermon on becoming a Lutheran (again) from American Evangelicalism that's definitely worth your prayerful consideration here too. In fact, it's an excellent follow-up to the interview you just listened to.

Another quick, helpful read can be found here.

In a Lutheran Layman's terms, it's tough to ignore the LCMS when her teachings are so consistent with the Word of God (more so than any other denomination).

Like I said earlier, I'm a Confessional Lutheran in the LCMS because it's the most Biblically sound confession of faith on the planet.

Not that any of this should be surprising though.

John 10:27 (ESV) My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.


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1 comment

  1. Wow! I didn't notice it until just now, but if you looked at the still shot of Pastor Matt Richard in the video embedded above, you might confuse him with me since we do look very similar! Haha

    In Christ Alone,


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