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Confessional Lutheran Converts?

Discussion in 'LCMS / WELS / ELS / LCC' started by JM, May 24, 2020.

  1. JM

    JM Reformed Catholic Supporter

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    Just wondering, why did you convert to Lutheranism and from which faith or religion?

    Yours in the Lord,

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  2. TKA_TN

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    I grew up Presbyterian (PCA, then the church switched to EPC). Wandered into Evangelical Free for a little while, then found Lutheranism.

    It’s Liturgical. The early church didn’t do “sing, sermon, sing, dismiss.” The early church did confession, Psalm, scripture, homily, prayers, Eucharist, dismiss.

    It’s Jesus. Not these messages of “God has big plans for your life if you just accept Jesus into your heart.” I’d always thought that since I didn’t have this epiphany or emotional response, that maybe I wasn’t a Christian. Lutheranism changed that in that it’s not about some feeling or me choosing Christ, but Christ choosing me. Takes the pressure off of feeling despair. Lutheran pastors may not have the long, thought out sermons like some evangelical pastors, it you’ll always leave a Lutheran service knowing you’re a sinner, but Christ has saved you. Law and Gospel.

    Tradition isn’t always a bad thing! Lutherans hold feasts, honor the Church Fathers, etc. if it doesn’t explicitly go against Scripture, Lutherans retained it. There’s a connection to the early church that other denominations seem to want to forget for whatever reason.

    Think that’s about it for me. God bless.
     
  3. Hope1960

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    It was between a ND church and the Lutheran one I go to, Lutheran won. It’s a non traditional church, similar to the ND church except we receive the Eucharist and pray more.

    i left Catholicism because of sheer boredom. Catholics might say that my reason for leaving is a poor one, but that’s my reason.
     
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  4. Daniel9v9

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    I originally come from a Charismatic/Pentecostal/non-denominational environment - and held to a loose Arminian-Baptist system, lazily dubbed "spiritual".

    I've studied Orthodox Lutheran Theology with a confessional Lutheran church and was simply amazed and compelled by how Christological it is and how central the article of justification is to everything. In my opinion, there is no other theological system that expresses the Gospel as clearly as the Lutheran system does, with its careful distinctions of Law and Gospel, Justification and Sanctification, the uses of the Law, Coram Mundo and Coram Deo. Sin is properly taught and the Gospel is rightly conveyed. The sacraments, in Lutheran understanding, are entirely gifts from God, whereas all other theological systems to one degree or another change them into an act of obedience. Needless to say, there are many reasons that won me over to Lutheranism.

    Not be too hard, but looking back at my days in Hillsong, I realise how little edification and substance there is in those churches. I've come to realise how important catechesis is - that is, to have a good foundational understanding of basic Christian ideas, such as who God is, who we are, what sin is, God's grace etc. We weren't really taught these things because they're "doctrine" and not practical, which is absurd and very sad. The notion of "No doctrine but Christ!" and "Deeds, not creeds!" etc which I used to cling to is tremendously shallow and even counter to the Christian faith.

    In a word, I just find the orthodox Lutheran system incredibly clear, harmonious and truthful.
     
  5. tampasteve

    tampasteve ✞Steadfast Lutheran, Messianic leaning ✡ Staff Member Administrator CF Senior Ambassador Angels Team Supporter

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    I came about from a long direction....Baptist - Methodist - Catholic - Lapse - Messianic - Lutheran.

    I still self identify with some aspects of Messianic thought, but the Lutheran church and theology really work for me. Coming from a Catholic background also influences my choices of desiring a church with a liturgy and history to it. The Lutheran Divine Service is very similar superficially to a Catholic Mass, so that is appealing to me on a number of levels.
     
  6. LutheranPiratesFan

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    I'm an adult convert, grew up Catholic, was LDS for a years, am currently studying at a WELS Lutheran church. I prefer the high church aspects and theological conservatism of the WELS church over any other church I've visited.
     
  7. tampasteve

    tampasteve ✞Steadfast Lutheran, Messianic leaning ✡ Staff Member Administrator CF Senior Ambassador Angels Team Supporter

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    That is great! I am happy you found a church that works for you, it is interesting, there are not that many high church WELS churches that I am aware of, so I am happy you were able to find one!
     
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  8. LutheranPiratesFan

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    Thank you my friend. I live about two hours north of Tampa, in pretty small town. I'm happy the church is near me too!
     
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