Confessional Lutheranism is a name used by Lutherans to designate those who accept the doctrines taught in the Book of Concord of 1580 (the Lutheran confessional documents) in their entirety because (quia) they are completely faithful to the teachings of the Bible. While most Lutheran denominations consider the Book of Concord as a faithful interpretation of the Bible, Confessional Lutherans maintain that the Book of Concord also helps define how that faith is actually being preached, taught, and put into practice. Confessional Lutherans believe that this is a vital part of their identity as Lutherans.
The term Confessional Lutheran is generally used among the more conservative churches found in groupings such as the International Lutheran Council and the Confessional Evangelical Lutheran Conference. However, churches of the larger Lutheran World Federation subscribe to the Book of Concord as an exposition of faith, in so far as (quatenus) it agrees with their interpretation of the Bible. Continue reading “What is Confessional Lutheranism?”