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  • #1889

    Karyn
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    Ok, James, this is specifically for you.

    Do the Lutherans confess or was I just misreading a few things in “Indulgences…”? It’s kind of staggering to me to read something like that and not be curious. Also, consider the fact I hardly know anything about your religion.

    Thanks
    Karyn

    #9259

    James
    Member

    I’ll try to make this a short and to-the-point post. (The subject you chose is a very interesting one and will require many, many more posts.)

    First, to narrow down what you would like to know, what part of the Indulgence post are you most curious about?

    #9261

    Karyn
    Member

    Do you confess to a father or a priest or whatever? You get my point, I hope *shrug.* I read something in Indulgences that you posted that said something similar to cofessing, but I wasn’t sure if I just misread it. Did I misread? Or do you confess?

    Karyn

    #9263

    James
    Member

    I remember telling you this but just for review The Book of Concord is a book that contains important Lutheran doctrine including the Small and Large Catechisms, important doctrines etc. etc. etc. (Haha <img src=” title=”Razz” />)

    Anyway, I believe it might be in the Augsburg Confessions that stated that one may confess to a pastor. (It had a note before this artical that stated that Luther wanted to keep confession and it was well excepted in the early Lutheran Churches.)

    So to quickly answer you question, yes, you may confess to a pastor. The major difference between the Roman Catholic Church and the Lutheran Church is that the Roman Catholics consider confession as a sacrament while the Lutherans (at least the Lutheran Church-Missouri Senod or LC-MS for short,) believe that it’s somewhat a sacrament but not a true one such as Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

    #9287

    Karyn
    Member

    Thanks for the answer:). Truly, it just kinda confused me. Ok, one more thing. Is confession to your pastor considered “necessary” or is it just something you can do if you want to?

    #9288

    James
    Member

    I would believe that a person would confession because of their faith in Christ. So no, it isn’t something you have to do.

    #9295

    Karyn
    Member

    Thanks for the answer, it makes sense. By the way, nice quote. <img src=” title=”Smile” /> Gutsy. But true *shrug*

    Thanks,
    Karyn

    #9296

    James
    Member

    I remembered that you have questions about baptism? Idk…I can’t remember… <img src=” title=”Razz” />

    #9350

    weather
    Member

    I have a few Lutheran friends and as far as they say in the Missouri Synod they don’t confess there sins to a minster all there confessing is done thou prayer. I was a Lutheran till age 22 and before the service all we did was go and tell the minister I would like to take communion,I now have been a Catholic for 50 years.

    #9351

    James
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    "weather":2xcp2xoe wrote:
    I have a few Lutheran friends and as far as they say in the Missouri Synod they don’t confess there sins to a minster all there confessing is done thou prayer.[/quote:2xcp2xoe]
    Yes, at the beginning of devine service they say a prayer that asks for forgiveness (I think the Roman Catholic Church has something like this at the beginning of mass.) however, one must make an appointment with the pastor to have a private confession. The major difference is that Catholics believe that reconciliation is a sacrament.
    #9352

    James
    Member

    To add to my post above:

    AC XI 1,2
    (Augsburg Confession Article eleven paragraphs 1 and 2) explains that confessional Lutherans do in fact have confession

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