Saturday, June 26, 2010

The Augsburg Confession

Commemoration of Jeremiah
June 26, 2010

The Lord be with you

Yesterday, June 25, was the Commemoration of the Presentation of the Augsburg Confession. The Augsburg Confession is the principal doctrinal statement of the theology of Martin Luther and the Lutheran reformers. It was written largely by Philip Melanchthon. At its heart, it confesses the justification of sinners by grace alone, through faith alone, for the sake of Christ alone. Signed by leaders of many German cities and regions, the confession was formally presented to Holy Roman Emperor Charles V at Augsburg, Germany, on June 25, 1530 (hence the name of the confession and the date selected to commemorate it). A few weeks later, Roman Catholic authorities rejected the Confession, which Melanchthon defended in the Apology of the Augsburg Confession (1531). In 1580, the Unaltered Augsburg Confession was included in the Book of Concord, which contains all the confessions of the Lutheran Church.

Blessings in Christ,
Pastor John Rickert

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