Lutheran Fundamentalists?

I visited the WELS web site a while ago and was surprised at some of the things I found. In some ways, their separation from the LCMS reminded me of what the fundamentalists did in the past. So, I wrote a question asking them if they would consider themselves fundamentalists. Today, they posted the answer to my question. You can access it here.

3 thoughts on “Lutheran Fundamentalists?

  1. Andy Rupert

    The term adiaphora is new to me. Apparently, it refers to “matters not regarded as essential to faith, but are nevertheless permissible for Christians or allowed in church. What is specifically considered adiaphora depends on the specific theology in view” (Wikipedia). With that understanding, it seems that the early fundamentalists were talking about the essentials and did not believe that one’s understanding about the Lord’s Supper was essential to the faith. Would you agree?

  2. dale

    Andy, I wonder how adiaphora compares to the “Regulative Priciple” of worship as seen in some of the Presby churches (ref Pastor Anderson’s blog re his “worship” series a few months back)? It would make for an interesting research project.

    FYI: “adiaphora” comes from “The Epitome of the Formula of Concord” one of the defining confessions of lutheranism (similar to other “confessional” churches like the RP, OPC, ARP Synod, etc who codify their doctrines in the “Westminster Confessions”).

  3. dale

    I’m on my way out to class in 30 mins, but I did a little research into adiaphora from the Westminster Confession’s (www.reformed.org) perspective. I also cross-checked it with the Formula of Concord. It seems that both confessions deal with issues that define its church’s respective levels of separation. Very similar due to their ties to the Reformation and the Augsburg Confession.

    Since the Reformation-based churches define their doctrinal view of separation via each’s respective confession, it makes sense that fundamentalism would define its own level (or degree) of separation. It’s kind of like an historical development of the doctrinal position of separation fully maturing in, and expressed by fundamentalist churches. It makes sense that each would define what it considers to be essential for doctrinal fellowship, and if the sacraments (communion and baptism) are interpreted differently between Reformed, Lutheran, Baptist, and nondenominational bible-believing churches, it makes more sense.

    Thanks for making us think, Andy.

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