Who Are Lutherans?
In the 1500s, Martin Luther challenged the false teachings and practices of the Roman Catholic Church in Europe. Luther rediscovered the Gospel’s message that sinners are saved entirely by the grace of God, not because they have earned or deserved salvation in any way.
Several statements of belief, or “creeds,” written by leaders of the early Christian Church have been accepted by Lutherans throughout history.
Martin Luther and others also authored the six Lutheran confessions, explaining the doctrinal differences between Lutherans and other Christian denominations. As WELS Lutherans, we still subscribe to these confessions today because they are a correct explanation of biblical truth. The Lutheran Confessions are contained in the Book of Concordand the Concordia Triglotta, which are available in Zion’s Church Library or online through Northwestern Publishing House.