"Imagine a church that is both evangelical
- proclaiming the free forgiveness of sins through faith in Jesus Christ - and sacramental
, centering its spiritual life in the regenerating waters of baptism and the real presence of Christ in Holy Communion.
Imagine further a church that is strongly grounded on Scripture
, but yet avoids the solipsism of individual interpretation in favor of a comprehensive, intellectually rigorous and imminently orthodox theological system
Imagine a worship service that features both strong preaching
and the historic liturgy
. Imagine that this is a historical church with a rich spiritual tradition
, but without legalism.
Imagine, in short, a church that has some of the best parts of Protestantism and the best parts of Catholicism
. Finally, imagine that this church body is not some little made-up sect, but one of the largest bodies of Christians in the world
Such a church might seem like what many Christians, disaffected by both the vacuity of liberal theology and the shallowness of American evangelicalism, are dreaming of. Such a church exists. It goes by the admittedly inadequate name "Lutheran".
Dr. Gene Veith