Lutheran Lives Matter
Even as Jesus was walking the earth with his disciples there seemed to be what we would refer to as different denominations of Christians. Here John makes two points. One, being his concern for the name of Jesus and how it was being used by others outside their circle. The other concern was not for Jesus, but for the purity of discipleship and who does that include? The first concern holds honor where the second does not.
(John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” But Jesus said, “Do not stop him, for no one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. For the one who is not against us is for us.) Mark 9:38-40
The teachings of any Christian church should be entirely wrapped around the name of Jesus. For if we believe that our actions and our good deeds can justify us without Jesus name, we are blind to the truth. If another church or denomination preaches the true Word of God even if it is not as we do, Jesus says that we should not degrade or try to stop those who are with us.
The phrase “Reformation 2017------ it is still all about JESUS” holds true today some 500 years after the reformation. Lutheran doctrine from start to finish is all about Jesus’s humble life on earth, his suffering, his death on the cross and his glorious resurrection. All of this took place because our Father in heaven loves us beyond our understanding.
May the Lord’s love and blessings be with you all,