The word ‘Protestant’ today is linked with countless beliefs and practices that are in blatant opposition to the principles of the Reformation, indeed, to the teachings of Scripture: the disposal of the historic liturgy, the introduction of ‘praise band’ led contemporary worship, an improper emphasis on the third person of the Holy Trinity, contempt for the Office of the Holy Ministry, disdain for the Sacraments, a confusion of the roles of men and women, a covetous acquiescence to the world and popular culture, an emphasis on works, a theology of glory aimed solely at quantitative growth in membership and finances, rampant Gospel reductionism, the teaching that the Muslim god (or any other god) is the One True God, the teaching that homosexuality and homosexual unions (civil or otherwise) are not sinful and detestable in the sight of God, the defense of abortion and of scientific research that would encourage abortion, etc., etc., ad nauseum. To this we must boldly say, “We are no Protestants!”
However, the word ‘Protestant’ has undergone a radical shift in meaning since the time of the Reformation. Luther and the Reformers did not choose this title for themselves, but it was placed upon them by the Papists. The desire of the Reformers was simply to correct the doctrinal and practical errors of the Church; the Papists indicted the Reformers as protestors set fully against
The Latin proverb “Ecclesia semper reformanda”, the church is always being reformed, is certainly true today. Today our own
In many ways, the challenges facing the Church today are the same as those at the time of the Reformation; indeed, Ecclesia semper reformanda. “Let us be clear. Our battle today is over the Gospel; it always is. The struggles of the church militant are always about the Gospel. And this means that our desire to see the
“A church without a confession is no church at all and that a Lutheran church without a truly Lutheran confession has no right to call itself Lutheran. The
It was to the Word that Luther turned in the Church’s dark hour of the soul: The righteous shall live by faith (Romans 1:17). It is to the Word that the Church must turn and cling in these dark times. “Let us hope and pray that God will deliver our Synod from doctrinal confusion and contradiction and will restore to us the undeserved gift of His truth and of true unity in it. Only He can!"
Quotes from: Marquart, Kurt, “The Future of Confessional Lutheranism: A Summary”, delivered at Confession and Christ’s