The Free Lutheran Church is a church built on the reforms begun by Dr. Martin Luther in the sixteenth century. It is a liturgical, sacramental, historical, and evangelical body. We believe and profess the Apostles Creed, the Nicene Creed, the inerrancy of the Bible in matters of faith, and the working of God the Father in his church today by the action of the Holy Spirit. We believe and affirm the common priesthood of all believers. We believe in the real presence of Christ(body, blood, soul and divinity)in the sacrament of the Eucharist. We profess the necessity of baptism for salvation as is clearly evident in the Holy Scriptures.
Listed below are the Churches stand on several key points.
A sacrament is an outward sign of an inward and spiritual grace. There have historically been celebrated, seven sacraments in the orthodox branches of the church. Enumerated as: Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation, Confession/Reconciliation, Unction/Prayer for the sick, Marriage, and Holy Orders/Ordination. Each of these have a sound basis in scripture. However, the Lutheran tradition holds that the Eucharist and Baptism are the only true sacraments with the other five being only sacramental in nature. Therefore, they are accepted and promulgated by the Free Lutheran Church as such. These two having strong scriptural evidence of being instituted by our Saviour Jesus Christ. Baptism is open to anyone who asks, and the Eucharist is open to anyone who is a baptized Christian regardless of age or social factors. There are other such things ordained by God in scripture as having sacramental value in the lives of Christians. These also are honored by this body.
Christ ordained his apostles to carry on his teaching and to feed the church with the sacraments. It was then the responsibility of the apostolic church to set aside and ordain others to continue this work. Scripture offers the following points concerning ordination:
There are three classification of clergy (i.e. Bishop,Priest, and Deacon)
It is true that God shows no favoritism, however scripture and its interpretation in the traditions of the church clearly reveal that a woman is not to assume headship over a man. This is not a sexist way of treating women, it is a desire to adhere fully to the Holy Scriptures.
Clergy are not to be forbidden to marry.
It is the desire of this body that these scriptural rules be abided by.
Salvation consists of first seeing our sinful nature. Then turning to Christ Jesus as the perfect sacrafice for our sins and accepting his salvation. Our response to this attonement is following the commandment to repent and be baptized. Scripture gives no other way of recieving the saving grace of Christ.
The Bible consists of the Old and New Testaments and the books of the Apocrypha. The Bible is infallible in matters of doctrine. Though through repeated translation, commentary and handling it has become laced with minor numerical and statistical errors. However, it is completely congruant in matters of faith and doctrine and is to be revered as the very Word of God that it is.
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