“Lutheran” finds new adjective use — what are your thoughts?

Alright, we are all used to hearing and seeing “Lutheran” used as a noun.  We are even used to seeing it as an adjective before words like “Confessions” and “fathers” and so forth.  Lately, it has now being used as an adjective before “Christian”.  I noticed this a few months back on the cover of the Lutheran Witness.

My comments about the Lutheran Witness:  It is an excellent resource and has been getting better it seems almost every issue.  The content of the magazine is wonderfully written and selected for use in our homes and churches.  For that I am very thankful and promote it to others to pay for subscriptions to.   In fact, if you haven’t already, subscribe to it here.

My question is what does using the phrase “Lutheran Christian” gain for us and what does it lose for us?  Does this usage relegate Lutheranism to just one of the many different expressions of Christianity?  Has anyone noticed any of our Lutheran fathers use this kind of language?

What are your thoughts on this adjectival usage of “Lutheran”?


About Pastor Joshua Scheer

Pastor Joshua Scheer is the Senior Pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He is also the Editor-in-chief of Brothers of John the Steadfast. He oversees all of the work done by Steadfast Lutherans. He is a regular host of Concord Matters on KFUO. Pastor Scheer and his lovely wife Holly (who writes and manages the Katie Luther Sisters) have four children and enjoy living in Wyoming.


“Lutheran” finds new adjective use — what are your thoughts? — 57 Comments

  1. @Rev. Steve Bagnall #50

    Good point.  If there is one clearly understood correct view of Justification, BJS should present it and cut off discussion.  875 comments create grey confusion and are not helpful.

  2. On the other hand, one has to see Rev. Paul McCain’s post on the congregation known in the LCMS directory as LakePointe Lutheran Church in Hot Springs, Arkansas:
    The LCMS directory calls the church LakePointe Lutheran Church:
    However, the church’s own web site scrubs all mention of the word “Lutheran” from the site, and almost nothing there appears to be anything resembling “Lutheran” worship:
    They even invite Baptist ministers to give the sermons…..

  3. Readers might be interested in this intelligent discussion of American religion. Yes, the Lutherans do make it into this book.

    Putnam, Robert D. and Campbell, David E. “American Grace How Religion Divides and Unites Us,” New York: Simon and Schuster, 2011 (I think it is 2011).

    Norman Teigen, Layman
    Evangelical Lutheran Synod

    This book is available on iPad and likely other tablet venues.

  4. @John Rixe #51
    “If there is one clearly understood correct view of Justification, BJS should present it and cut off discussion.”

    I see how it can be confusing to hear all sorts of opinions presented and challenged, but it is in the discussion in light of God’s Word that we become convinced. This past week we were reminded of the long and confusing discussion Jesus took the time to have with Nicodemas. The goal was for Nicodemas to see the Light.

  5. Forget the term “Lutheran.” (All of the Willow Creek Association LCMS churches have abandoned the term — at least in practice). Since using the basic term “Christian” implies a non-denominational church member, I would settle for one of two terms:

    Concordia Christian

    Confessional Christian

    If the use of the new terminology confuses our enemies, then so be it!

  6. @Rahn Hasbargen #52
    Ooooooh! Where else can I attend a “worship experience”????

    At least that congregation is honest. It does not want to be known as Lutheran. Ok fine, but why does LCMS headquarters tolerate such crap. Cut ’em loose already!

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