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June 2, 2006 at 5:30 pm #1269AnonymousInactive
I read that Martin Luther believed in the Catholic viewpoint of confession. In the Book of Concord he even makes reference about a person having the eagerness for confession. Saying a person should run for miles to go to confession if they have sinned. I remember this because when I came back to the church, right after my general confession, the priest and I had a little talk. I mentioned to him that I was married and my wife was Lutheran. I told him I hope she will one day be Catholic. So he walked over to his bookshelf and dusted off the Book of Concord. He then made a photocopy of two pages where Martin Luther was talking about confession. Luther sounded like he was praising it. He then gave the copies to me and said I should show this to my wife and to ask her why the Lutheran Church only hands out the small catechisms. If I am correct, the Book of Concord is the large catechism for Lutherans. I wonder if after Martin Luther died, the protestant movement even disagreed with their founder and decided to do away with confession because is was still too Catholic. Also, maybe the Lutheran pastors want their congregation to be in the dark on this topic as much as possible because if they were to reveal this, then their congregation would be looking into it more and possibly be pondering a conversion to the Catholic Church. I know any Lutheran can go purchase the Book of Concord, read about this, and bring it up to their pastor. Maybe the pastors just try and shy away from it as mush as possible and that’s why they hand out the small catechisms. And if someone comes into the truth a little bit and brings this up, maybe the pastors are like, oh well, we got many others who still aren’t in the truth and [b:ys1jyan1]they’ll[/b:ys1jyan1] be here next weekend.January 7, 2009 at 5:33 am #8976AnonymousInactive
Purcasing The Book of Concord is not limited to Lutherans! I’m a questioning Catholic and I was invited to a Lutheran church service by a friend. I started to get interested in what they believed. After taking a course about Lutheran Sprituality, the Pastor gave me the Book of Concord as a gift. (The longer version of the story about how I got the book is complicated, but to keep it short, i just wrote down that. If, however, you want to read a little bit of how I obtained it, you can go to my introduction titled Hello Everyone! in the Introduction section.) The Book of Concord contains many many writings including The Small Chatechism and The Large Chatechism. Remember, Luther never wanted to start a new religion but to reform the one, holy, catholic and apostolic church, so it shouldn’t be a huge suprise when you find similar teachings such as confession in both churches. Luther never wanted to get rid of confession but he even encouraged it! The Lutheran church still has confession today but I think one must make an appointment with the Pastor.February 1, 2009 at 6:53 am #9055AnonymousInactive
Thanks for sharing your point of view.February 2, 2009 at 12:56 am #9058AnonymousInactive
you’re very welcome ” title=”Smile” />
and again my purpose is not to offend anyone with my posts
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