Today is another one of those holidays that I wouldn’t know about if it wasn’t for the fortunate fact that it’s on my calendar, and that a few people I know have mentioned it on facebook. Actually, it might not be entirely accurate to refer to it as a holiday, because I have never heard of anyone doing anything to celebrate it, but I think it’s still worthy of being observed. Today is the 482nd anniversary of the presentation of the Augsburg Confession, which was essentially a document describing Lutheranism. (Although it wasn’t actually written by Luther himself; the author was Philipp Melanchthon, and I am pleased to note that my spellcheck approves of his last name. Thanks, spellcheck.)Unfortunately, the Augsburg Confession is just a little long for me to stick the whole thing in a single blog post, so I’m not going to do that. I’m just going to take a couple quotes from it, along with the bible verses that it references, taken from the ESV. I also want to point out that, since the Augsburg Confession is very concise and the whole thing is important stuff, I’m not implying that this is a summary. There were so many parts that I didn’t quote, for the sake of brevity, that I now am questioning whether posting this was actually a cool idea. For those of you who aren’t already familiar with Lutheranism, (which isn’t many, because I think my sisters are responsible for at least 75 % of the views on this blog) I would encourage you to read it in its entirety.

From Article II: “Our churches teach that since the fall of Adam, all who are naturally born are born with sin, that is, without the fear of God, without trust in God, and with the inclination to sin, called concupiscence. Concupiscence is a disease and original vice that is truly sin. It damns and brings eternal death on those who are not born anew through Baptism and the Holy Spirit.”

Romans 5:12: “Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned…”

Psalm 51:5:  “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.”

John 3:5: “Jesus answered him, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.’”

From Article IV: “Our churches teach that people cannot be justified before God by their own strength, merits, or works. People are freely justified for Christ’s sake, through faith, when they believe that they are received into favor and that their sins are forgiven for Christ’s sake. By his death, Christ made satisfaction for our sins. God counts this faith for righteousness in His sight.”

Romans 3:21-26: “But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law. Although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it- the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.”

Romans 4:5: “And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness.”

From Article IX: “Concerning Baptism, our churches teach that Baptism is necessary for salvation and that God’s grace is offered through Baptism. They teach that children are to be baptized. Being offered to God through Baptism, they are received into God’s grace.”

Mark 16:16: “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.”

Titus 3: 4-7: “But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”

Acts 2:38-39: “And Peter said to them, ‘Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to Himself.’”

Article X: “Our churches teach that the body and blood of Christ are truly present and distributed to those who eat the Lord’s Supper. They reject those who teach otherwise.”

1 Corinthians 10:16: “The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ?”

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