Welcome to VeritasManet. The Latin phrase for “Truth Remains.” This blog seeks to uphold the absolute Truth of Scripture through careful articulation and exposition. My beliefs and worldview is that of “Confessional Lutheranism” (dare I say, a truly scriptural one.)
What is Lutheranism?
This historical and creedal denomination of Christianity had its inception in the 16th century by the great church reformer Martin Luther, who believed in the inerrancy and sole authority of the Bible. However, the principles used by Martin Luther were not of his own invention. He attempted to restore the Roman Catholic Church to the Scriptural truth it once had, but had been lost in the papacy. Because of the command of both the church and the state possessed by Pope Leo X, Luther was labeled a heretic and forced out of the Roman Catholic Church, leading to the rise of many new “Protestant” churches. It is difficult to completely sum up Lutheranism in such a short post, so I would recommend finding more information at the following link:
There are many different Lutheran churches or “synods” around the world that have variations in their actual beliefs. Even though there are differences, truly confessional Lutheran churches subscribe and uphold the Book of Concord as a clear exposition of Scripture, as discussed in the link above. The largest Lutheran church body in America is the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. However, the ELCA does not fully adhere to the Confessions, which I would argue makes them not Lutheran, but that discussion is for another time.
To be specific, I belong to the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, or WELS for short. I would encourage you to check out the synod’s website for information on who we are:
Countless pages could be written just on the basics of Lutheranism. This blog will attempt to express a Lutheran worldview in the light of current events, issues, and the Scriptures. I greatly appreciate you taking the time to visit. I hope you enjoy what you find here. As a testament to the importance of upholding Scripture, Martin Luther once said, in the face of adversity,
“I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I can do no other, so help me God. Amen.”