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The Confessing Lutheran blog is a resource for Lutheran apologetics and historic theology from a Lutheran perspective. Its goal is to bring Lutheran doctrine to the Protestant layman in a thorough, yet digestible manner. Blog posts emphasize the authority of scripture, the church fathers, and the Lutheran confessions.

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Introduction to Soteriology: Resistible Grace – A Scriptural Apology

Introduction to Soteriology: Universal Atonement – A Scriptural Apology

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Introduction to Soteriology: Resistible Grace – a Scriptural Apology

Among Protestants, debate surrounding Calvinism and Arminianism is generally focused on a presumed monergistic, irresistible, and final election until salvation vs a synergistic (though Arminians disagree with this term), prevenient, and contingent election. Lutheranism, rejects this paradigm. While Lutherans agree with Calvin, loosely speaking, on monergistic election and agree with Arminius on apostasy being possible, … Continue reading Introduction to Soteriology: Resistible Grace – a Scriptural Apology

Wine, Water, and Grape Juice in the Eucharist – A Historical Introduction

In many protestant traditions grape juice rather than wine is used in communion. A number of arguments are used to support this practice, but historical and pragmatic analysis renders such arguments entirely invalid. On the other hand, the mixing of water and wine in communion is a historic practice of the church. A Brief History … Continue reading Wine, Water, and Grape Juice in the Eucharist – A Historical Introduction

Introduction to Sacramentology: The Office of the Keys – a Scriptural and Patristic Apology

The practice of confession and absolution is absent, if not rejected outright, in much of the protestant tradition. Coming out of Roman Catholicism in the 1500s, this is understandable in some respects. Reformers spoke against the medieval practice of confession many times, criticizing it for it’s absuses: the requirement of the enumeration of all sins, … Continue reading Introduction to Sacramentology: The Office of the Keys – a Scriptural and Patristic Apology

Introduction to Sacramentology: Real Presence in the Eucharist – a Scriptural Apology

Among the things in which the early church was in universal agreement that are debated today are three: people can apostatize from their faith; the Eucharist is the true body and blood of Christ; and baptism truly brings saving grace to the recipient (cit. Dr. Jordan B Cooper, Sola Fide in the Church Fathers). During … Continue reading Introduction to Sacramentology: Real Presence in the Eucharist – a Scriptural Apology

Introduction to Soteriology: Apostasy and Perseverance – a Scriptural Apology

Among the things in which the early church was in universal agreement that are debated today are three: people can apostatize from their faith; the Eucharist is the true body and blood of Christ; and baptism truly brings saving grace to the recipient (cit. Dr. Jordan B Cooper, Sola Fide in the Church Fathers). Debate … Continue reading Introduction to Soteriology: Apostasy and Perseverance – a Scriptural Apology

Prayers with, for, and to the Faithful Departed – a Historical and Scriptural Introduction

Within the Protestant tradition, prayers related to the departed are largely a rejected practice. This has not always been the case, however, and the Lutheran tradition explicitly affirms prayers with and for the faithful departed in the Book of Concord while condemning the Roman Catholic practice of prayers to the faithful departed. In the Moravian … Continue reading Prayers with, for, and to the Faithful Departed – a Historical and Scriptural Introduction

Introduction to Sacramentology: Baptismal Regeneration – a Scriptural Apology

Among the things in which the early church was in universal agreement that are debated today are three: people can apostatize from their faith; the Eucharist is the true body and blood of Christ; and baptism truly brings saving grace to the recipient (cit. Dr. Jordan B Cooper, Sola Fide in the Church Fathers). It … Continue reading Introduction to Sacramentology: Baptismal Regeneration – a Scriptural Apology

Introduction to Soteriology: Monergistic Election – a Scriptural Apology

Note: This blog post is meant to be read following the previous blog post on Total Depravity and Original Sin. It is not entirely necessary to read them in order, but it does bolster the apology and provide good anthropological grounds for understanding the discussion in this blog post. The doctrine of election is usually … Continue reading Introduction to Soteriology: Monergistic Election – a Scriptural Apology

Introduction to Soteriology: Entire Depravity and Original Sin – a Scriptural and Patristic Apology

Many New Wesleyan Arminians (including many evangelicals) and Eastern churches deny the doctrine of entire depravity and original sin, either in degree or in their entirety. This doctrine has been present, however, since the scriptures and has been maintained through the entire history of the church. Notable reformers and spearheads of Protestant theology Luther, Calvin, … Continue reading Introduction to Soteriology: Entire Depravity and Original Sin – a Scriptural and Patristic Apology