How can someone be saved outside of Lutheranism? The denial of the forgiveness in the sacraments isn’t that idolatry? How come when someone unrepentantly breaks commandment #7 that’s wrong and #1 well it’s ok they’re saved? Also Check this out: http://www.orlutheran.com/html/calvinisttheology.html
A few things to ponder. First, there is a term we will use in Lutheranism called “Felicitous Inconsistency”. The idea is this – if people were always logically consistent and thought all things through to the end, any error or false doctrine would utterly shatter faith. Happily, we are not this consistent. we are inconsistent. Now, does this mean that false doctrine isn’t important? By no means! Rather – I like to think of it this way. Errors are often like cracks in a coffee mug — the mug might still hold coffee even with a few cracks, but it becomes less durable. Likewise, error leaves one more vulnerable to being shattered in the course of rough patches in life, but there will be people who had errors and misunderstandings who are saved.
This leads to the second idea. I think you might be approaching some of this slightly backwards – so I will ask a rhetorical question. Is God seeking to damn people? Is that His approach? Is God sitting there trying to scour and find the flaws and defects that would justify sending folks to hell… or rather, did the Son come into the world not to condemn it but to save it? Is not our God the One of Whom it is said that a bruised reed He will not break?
So, we deal with people patiently. We confess what is true… and we let the Holy Spirit cause growth when and where He wills, confident in God’s love.
Hope this helps.
Rev. Eric J. Brown
Zion Lutheran Church – Lahoma, OK