However, truth is, we have never (nor would we ever!) suggest for a single second that our Confessions (which make up the entire Book of Concord) should somehow replace God's Word.
In fact, we say that (to quote one Lutheran Pastor) "the Confessions are there for you to be able to speak and articulate the Word to other people in ways that will be a blessing to them and helpful to them."
That's why you always see me writing "Confessional" before "Lutheran" when I identify myself in these parts. Nowadays, merely saying you're "Lutheran" doesn't tell others anything at all since there are far too many "Lutherans-In-Name-Only" within Christ's Church.
Ah, but tell people you're a "Confessional Lutheran" and the distinction isn't lost on them (at least, it shouldn't be).
The best way I can put it is to think of us "Confessional Lutherans" as those believers in Christ who agree with every word in the Bible and every word in the Book of Concord too, because we view them both as a correct proclamation (a.k.a. confession) of "the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints" (Jude 1:3).
In short, we believe that both books say the exact same thing.
As an ex-Evangelical who is now a Confessional Lutheran, I thought it might be helpful to share a very brief video I just saw on YouTube delivered by Pastor Jordan Cooper, which might help you come to realize (as it helped me come to realize) that the Book of Concord shouldn't be viewed solely as a distinctly Lutheran text, but as one that all truth-loving believers can agree with.
As Rev. Cooper pointed out, the Book of Concord contains all the confessional documents of the Lutheran church. Yet, at the same time, we should view the Book of Concord as a "Christian" Book of Concord as opposed to merely a "Lutheran" Book of Concord, especially since the word "Lutheran" never appears within it a single time!
If you're interested to hear more about this, then please watch and listen to this lecture delivered by Rev. William Weedon back in August 2013 when he was visiting an LCMS Church in Kentucky in which he says the same things, but gives a more in-depth presentation on the topic.
In a Lutheran layman's terms, the Book of Concord is simply a reiteration of the Word of God, which is why you should read it since it says the very same thing the Bible says.
NOTE: Please understand that I'm not a called and ordained minister of God's Word and Sacraments. I'm a layman or just a regular Christian, Executive Recruiter, Husband, Father, Friend who lives in the "City of Good Neighbors" here on the East Coast. To be more specific, and relevant to the point I want to make with this disclaimer/note, please understand that I'm also a newly converted Confessional Lutheran who recently escaped American Evangelicalism a little more than 2 years ago now. 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 inconsistent with our Confessions and Lutheran doctrine (in other words, if it's not consistent with God's Word, which our Confessions merely summarize and repeatedly point us back to over and over again) so that I can correct those errors immediately and not lead any of His little ones astray (James 3:1). Also, please be aware that you might also discover that some of the earlier pieces I wrote for this blog back in 2013 definitely fall into that "Old Evangelical Adam" category since I was a "Lutheran-In-Name-Only" at the time and was completely oblivious to the fact that a Christian "Book of Concord" even existed (Small/Large Catechism? What's that!?!). This knowledge of the Lutheran basics was completely foreign to me even though I was baptized, confirmed, and married in an LCMS church! So, there are some entries that are a little "out there" so-to-speak since the subject matter was also heavy influenced by those old beliefs of mine. I know that now and I'm still learning. Anyway, I decided to leave those published posts up on this website and in cyberspace only because they are not blasphemous/heretical, because we now have this disclaimer, and only to demonstrate the continuing work of Christ and the Holy Spirit in my life (Hebrews 12:2; Philippians 1:6). Most importantly, please know that any time I engage in commenting on and/or interpreting a specific portion of the holy Scriptures, it will always closely follow the verse-by-verse notes from my Lutheran Study Bible and/or include references to the Book of Concord unless otherwise noted. Typically, I defer to what other Lutheran Pastors both past and present have already preached and taught about such passages since they are the called and ordained shepherds of our souls here on earth. Finally, I'm going to apologize ahead of time for the length of most entries (this disclaimer/note is a perfect example of what I mean! haha). I'm well aware that blogs should be short, sweet, and to the point, but I've never been one to follow the rules when it comes to writing. Besides, this website is more like a "Christian Dude's Diary" in the sense that everything I write about and share publicly isn't always what's "popular" or "#trending" at the time, but is instead all the things that I'm studying myself at the moment. For better or for worse, these posts tend to be much longer than most blog entries you'll find elsewhere only because I try to pack as much info as possible into a single piece so that I can refer to it again and again over time if I need to (and so that it can be a valuable resource for others -- if possible, a "One-Stop-Shop" of sorts). Thank you for stopping by and thank you in advance for your time, help, and understanding. Feel free to comment/email me at any time. Grace and peace to you and yours!