Thursday, April 9, 2015

"I believe..." Why the creeds?

I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker...

Lutherans have always held that creeds and confessions are necessary for the well-being of the
Apostle's Creed Word Cloud
church. Just as Christ’s church and all Christians are called upon to confess their faith (Matt. 10:32; Rom. 10:9; 1 Peter 3:15; 1 John 4:2), so must the church.

The church is called to to proclaim the pure Gospel in season and out of season. Creeds and confessions are a way you and I explain what we mean. We have individual creeds that each parent hands down to their children.

Parental Creed, "As Long as You Live under my ______."

You can finish the sentence. Parents usually sum up the creeds of their home by way of - "as long as you live under my roof." That's how we raise our children to let them know what our parental expectations are. What this house stands for. What is right and wrong. You want to do it your way and we think it's wrong, then live where you can make the rules.

The Christian church has many ways that we make clear to the children of God what we believe and what we don't believe. They are permanent "symbols" or confessions. The Apostle's Creed is one of them.

Non-denominational - No Such Thing

You might have friends and relatives who claim to go to a church that is "nondenominational." However, a non-denom church is really a church that lacks the commitment to who they say they
are. It becomes a numbers ploy.

Non-denoms are afraid to confess the teachings of Christ, or, they are simply setting up a "bait and switch" scenario, which is a great marketing tool. What is really at stake here is the integrity of the Christian faith.

When they say that they are not denominational, what they really mean is that they don't want to advertise who and what confession they abide by. They don't want to let you know that their pastors were trained in the Lutheran, Reformed or Roman Catholic teachings. At best, they are purposely generic Christians. Whatever it takes to get people in the pews for Jesus.

But who is Jesus? How does that forgiveness get to you?

Every pastor and teacher in our church body are required to subscribe to the Lutheran confessions. This is why we believe there is no such thing as a nondenominational church. Every church believes something and the question is, "what?" They are either Lutheran, Reformed, or Roman Catholic (a simple summary). The difference is in the sacraments. Does baptism forgive sins? Does the Lord's Supper forgive sins? Can the body and blood of Jesus really be in the bread and wine? YES.

For WHAT Lutherans believe - Start with Luther's Small Catechism.
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