Recently I have linked on my Facebook wall a First Things article of Collin Garbarino, titled “Why we don’t have Lutheran Baptists“, which in turn comments on another article of David Koyzis, in the same publication, titled ‘Calvinist Baptists, But No ‘Lutheran’ Baptists?’ Quite interesting reading, to be fair.
Having done that, I have also sent the link to my friend Gabriel Borlean, who is one of the few Romanian Lutherans that I know. Here is his response:
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Thank you for the link Danut. Very good one.
Many thoughts and impression/reflections reading this article.
I love the fact that it is NOT polemical, but at the same time, it is well-thought out (concise) and very charitable. That is the Christian spirit!
Why Baptist are not Lutherans ?
… because unfortunatelly Lutheran doctrines and confessions have only been available in German and Scandinavian tongues (Lutherans have been culturally myopic, unfortunatelly, and have not learned to speak in the American jargon, until recently … check out book “Broken, 7 Rules Every Christian Ought to Break as Often as Possible
“). BTW, do you know if anyone has translated or exists in Roumanian, Luther’s Small Catechism
and Large Catechism, or even the whole Book of Concord ?!? I would love to know it. (Calvin’s The Institutes have been available in evangelical bookstores/church tables for years now in RO).
Why Baptists are not Lutheran ?
… because they would have to take back the baby they threw out the window (Anabaptist-style) with the bad-water … bad-water was the reason for the Reformation 16th century … meaning affirm again the holy Sacraments and treat God’s Word as also efficacious and awesome
(not just innerant, inspired, God-breathed). – video worthwhile watching!
Why Baptists are not Lutheran ?
… because Lutherans approach to Scripture is not as as spelled out in John Calvin’s “Institutes of the Christian Religion” (reformed theology) where everything has to be systematized and forced to fit neatly in square places. Lutheran doctrines lives well with biblical paradoxes (fx. Real Presence in/under/with simple bread and wine, why some saved others damed, 2 natures of Christ, saved but can lose one’s faith, saint & sinner, living in 2 kingdoms, etc.) Gene Veith, with his impecable English-literature-professor’s skills does a perfect job describing this in his “Spirituality of the Cross – the Way of the First Evangelicals
Remember, Dr. Luther was more of a pastor and univ. professor (spent 5 or 7 years going thru the Psalms in his univ. lectures, wrote commentary on Galatians, and a few others ….) but Lutherans do not hold what he wrote as part of Lutheran doctrine. Lutheranism … if one desires to use such a word (an …ism) is defined by the Book of Concord – the Confessions of the Lutheran Church
(which make appeal to the Bible and Ancient Church – Church Fathers to show that they – the Reformers, were in continuity with & sharing the Ancient Faith, against the abuses of the Roman-Catholic medieval Church and the Extreme Reformers-Enthusiasts a.k.a. Anabaptists).
Well, that is all the indtrykker (take in, impressions) and reflektioner I had when I read the link from FirstThings blog you pointed me to.
Hope I also provided you and others Cc’ed with some thoughtful resources.
Because of our Beloved Lord,
Gabriel og Inge Borlean