Concerning Original Sin – part 3

Scripture Text: 1 Corinthians 3:18–21

One of the slogans of the Reformation was (and continues to be) “sola Scriptura.” Those Latin words mean “Scripture alone.” The idea behind that motto is that the Bible, the written word of God, may be relied upon as a sufficient guide and last word on truth

Concerning Original Sin – part 2

Scripture Text: Colossians 3:2–6

It is quite evident that such subtleties have originated in the schools, not in the council of the Emperor. But although this sophistry can be very easily refuted; yet, in order that all decent folk may understand that we teach nothing absurd on this matter, we ask that the German Confession be examined first.

Concerning Original Sin – part 1

Scripture Text: Psalm 51:3–5

Lutherans teach that original sin is actual sin, not merely the inclination to sin. The result is that we are naturally without the fear of God, without trust in God, and with all the lusts of this life.

Concerning God

Scripture Text: Matthew 28:17–20

The Church in Rome believed the same thing about God's nature that Lutherans believed. Yet, as we shall soon see, there was much in the Lutheran Confession at Augsburg that they found disagreeable.

From the Preface to the Defense

Scripture Text: Colossians 2:1–7

The Church in Rome replied to the Lutheran's Augsburg Confession with what is called the Confutation. However, the Lutherans were not permitted to have a copy or to know what was contained therein, except that they agree to three things.

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