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Hello! I heard an interesting comment on the radio that baptism is a gracious act of God. The speaker had an interesting way of explaining how it is a gift from God vs. something we do. (It was in explanation to the question about people who believe in baptism when they are ready to make the choice vs. being "forced" to as an infant.) Is that accurate? Answer: Yes. Baptism is a gracious act by which God comes to people through water and the Word and brings blessings into their lives (Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3; Titus 3:5-7; 1 Peter 3:21). When people deny the power of God in the sacraments (baptism and the Lord’s Supper) and consider them only “ordinances,” then the emphasis is on them and what they do. When we recognize the power of God in the sacraments, then the emphasis will rightly be on our gracious God.Answered by James Pope, professor at Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minn. Pope is a contributing editor to Forward in Christ magazine. He writes the monthly “Light for our path” question and answer column.
I was speaking with someone who was not familiar with the Lutheran church. During our discussion, she asked if we were part of the early Protestant movement. I wasn't sure how to answer because I was told at one time that we did not consider ourselves to be Protestant. I know that Luther started the Reformation. I was also wondering if we consider ourselves part of the Protestants when people refer to Catholics and Protestants. Answer: The term “Protestant” goes back to the Second Diet of Speyer in 1529. The First Diet of Speyer in 1526 set aside the Edict of Worms and empowered Lutheran princes to establish Lutheran churches in their territories. The Second Diet of Speyer in 1529 reversed those decisions, prompting some of the Lutheran princes to protest the decision (“protesting estates,” hence, “Protestant”). Originally, then, the term Protestant described people who sided with Luther who protested the decisions of the Second Diet of Speyer in 1529. Today many understand that term to describe all Christians who are not Roman Catholic or Eastern Orthodox. Because confessional Lutheranism differs greatly from other churches that are under the umbrella of Protestantism, especially in the area of the sacraments, we would choose not to use that term to describe ourselves.Answered by James Pope, professor at Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minn. Pope is a contributing editor to Forward in Christ magazine. He writes the monthly “Light for our path” question and answer column.
Pastor Timothy J. Winkel
2651 Shettler Road
Muskegon, MI 49444
Telephone: 231 777 3011