Question:Are Christians who advocate for faithful church attendance and advocate to receive the Sacrament of the Altar more frequently, ‘better’ Christians than those who attend and receive less frequently? Answer: It is important to note that a greater frequency in church attendance and greater frequency of partaking of the Sacrament of the Altar does not […]

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By: Pr. Matt Richard There is no doubt about it that most American churches have felt the effects of the church growth movement, the pressure to expand the kingdom by filling the pews with more people through sociological and quantitative methods. While I can commend the Great Commission fervor of the church growth movement, I do […]

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Martin Luther to Friar George Excerpt of April 8, 1516 Letter …Now I should like to know whether your soul, tired of its own righteousness, is learning to be revived by and to trust in the righteousness of Christ. For in our age the temptation to presumption besets many, especially those who try with all […]

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By: Pr. Matt Richard During the 16th Century a debate arose on the doctrine of justification. Andreas Osiander taught “…that a person is declared righteous by God because the divine nature of Christ takes up residence within his or her heart, and for that reason, God declares that person righteous.”[1] There are some serious doctrinal […]

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By: Pr. Matt Richard Many Christians regard Lutherans as being very one-sided or narrow in their theology. The accusation is that we Lutherans shrink the church year together into Good Friday. In other words, Lutherans are often blamed for making every day Good Friday, while ignoring the other major themes of the church year. We […]

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By: Pr. Matt Richard Why are some saved and not others? This is one of the questions that was and continues to be at the center of controversy surrounding the doctrine of predestination. However, it must be noted that the stated question is not a single question, but two separate questions. For example: 1) Why […]

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By: Pr. Matt Richard The doctrine of predestination belongs to the Gospel, not the Law. Whenever the scripture uses the term of election, some 70 times, it is applied only to the believing Christian. Therefore, if the hearer finds himself reacting negatively to the doctrine of predestination or if he finds himself in doubt, his ears […]

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By: Rev. Matthew Richard Our will is not free my friends. When I say that we don’t have a free will though, I am not saying that our will is bound in the things of everyday life. In other words, I am not saying that you have a bound will when it comes to what […]

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By: Rev. Matthew Richard Have you heard of the Keswick Movement? No? I bet you have. You can tell that Keswick theology has impacted you and others when you hear a Christian ‘testimony’ like this: I was saved when I was nine years old, and I yielded to Christ when I was nineteen. Did you […]

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