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Difference Between Lutheran and Christian

Difference Between Lutheran and Christian

If there’s one important thing to know about Lutherans and Christians, it’s the fact that they fall under the same massive umbrella that is Christianity. In much simpler terms, Lutherans are Christians. They’re just one sect among many others that have been founded throughout the years.

Christianity stands on a number of beliefs. First and foremost, Jesus Christ – Christians believe that He is the Son of God, and the Messiah (The Anointed One), who is the fulfillment of God’s love and salvation, as written in the Old Testament of the Bible. Through belief and acceptance of the death and resurrection of Jesus, sinful humans can be reconciled with God and are offered the promise of eternal life. Jesus Christ’s resurrection is considered to be the cornerstone of Christian faith. It demonstrates that He has supremacy over life and death, and thus has the power to bestow eternal life among the people.

Most Christian sects believe in the Holy Trinity (The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in one God), Sacraments, prayer and creeds, and the afterlife. Sacraments are rites instituted by Christ that mediate grace, constituting a sacred mystery. Most conventionally, they are recognized as an outward sign, instituted by Christ, conveying an inward, spiritual grace through Him. The two most widely accepted sacraments are Baptism and the Eucharist, however, the majority of Christians recognize seven Sacraments, or Divine Mysteries: Baptism, Confirmation (‘Chrismation’ in the Orthodox tradition), the Eucharist, Holy Orders, Reconciliation of a Penitent (confession), Anointing of the Sick, and Matrimony. However, views concerning both what rites are sacramental and what it means for an act to qualify as a Sacrament vary among Christian denominations and traditions. Moreover, the Christian faith is widely symbolized by the Cross. Other major Christian symbols include the chi-rho monogram, the dove (symbolic of the Holy Spirit), the sacrificial lamb (symbolic of Christ’s sacrifice), the vine (symbolizing the necessary connectedness of the Christian with Christ), and many others. These all derive from writings found in the New Testament. Again, the acceptance of these symbols varies from one denomination to another.

What makes the Lutheran Church distinct from the rest of the Christian community is its approach towards God’s grace and salvation; Lutherans believe that humans are saved from sins by God’s grace alone (Sola Gratia) through faith alone (Sola Fide). They do not require the intervention of priests to seek God’s grace or forgiveness. Like most Christian sectors, they believe in the Holy Trinity. They also value sacraments as means of grace working towards sanctification and justification. However, there is slight discrepancy as to how they regard two of the most popular sacraments – Baptism and Holy Communion.

For Lutherans, Baptism is a means of grace, and though the mode of application is not important, it is usually delivered by the sprinkling of water. There is no proper age for baptism; Lutherans can administer the said sacrament to both young and old. The only requirements for a valid baptism are “water and the Word.” In Holy Communion, Lutherans believe bread and wine to literally be the body and blood of Christ. They are accustomed to using real wine as opposed to substitutes or just bread alone. Furthermore, their communal celebration strictly follows the order of Mass. Like many traditional Christian sectors, it is usually held with long-established rituals and sung liturgies. Furthermore, Lutherans are limited regarding the use of symbols and images, as well as veneration of saints. They believe that recognition of such elements is an explicit form of idolatry.


1) Lutherans are Christians.

2) The central point of belief for all Christians, including Lutherans, is Jesus Christ as the Savior.

3) The Lutheran denomination differs from other Christian sectors primarily in the belief that humans are saved from sins by God’s grace alone (Sola Gratia) through faith alone (Sola Fide).

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  1. I think they lutherans are right to some extend,because our sins were forgiven through the faith we have in God almighty,and it was his grace that Jesus christ came to earth with,we should stop been too religious,and we should know that Jesus christ came to earth as a prophet to demystify the mystery of God kingdom.thank you!God bless you!

    • Jesus is not a profit, the bible tells you so.

      • Tell that to the “woman at the well”. He (Jesus) told her the things she had done in the past and things of the future. John 4:19 says this, “The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.” Jesus didn’t deny being a profit he told her more prophesy. Jesus prophesied on many occasions, this being only one of those occasions. It is true that He was not “only” a prophet, but He was a prophet and much more!

      • Sheena: yes, Jesus was and has always been a “profit” to those who use his name to gain wealth!!! This is one of the downfalls of big churches in my opinion. They are always preaching about tithing. Yes, tithing is very important, but when it becomes remotely close to the main message you preach about… when the preacher lives in a mansion, makes 100k+ per year, and has body guards… there is just something fundamentally wrong with that!!!! Sure, the Pope and similar leaders need protection as they are symbols as much as anything… but, I think when your local pastor “needs” those things, there are some serious issues going on and they need to be addressed!!!

        I grew up in a small country church where we believe Jesus was a “Prophet” as well as the son of God… and we tithe, provide the pastor with a nice, yet modest home, and a comfortable salary. It’s about the message and doing the right thing, being good Christians, not about how much money you can give and how guilty and ashamed you should feel if you don’t. I have seen people shamed for not giving enough when they cannot put food on the table for their family before!!! Come to church and praise The Lord… when you can feed you family, THEN you can tithe… but until that time, you are as welcome as anyone else in the congragation!!!

        There a massive difference between those who worship Jesus as a “Profit” and those who worship him as a “Prophet”!!!

        • Jesus is God. the second person of the trinity. Tithing…God says to be a cheerful giver, and He allows us to test Him by giving to Him the firstfruits of our labor. We give because we trust Him and His promises to us. Jesus says that we must hate our family compared to the love we have for Him. If we say that He is our Lord, He simply tells us to prove it to others by our works, to show the lost the gospel through our deeds/actions. Once you truly know that He is what He is…our Lord, then you give with a different view, the view that not only can’t we take our money with us whenever we die, but it’s not really ours while we’re here on earth!! That is a wonderful “place” to be because the god of money now has no reign over us. It’s beautiful and I pray that you realize it some day.

      • No, he was not FOR PROFIT in the sacred space of a place of worship. But a prophet….theres still some debate. I’d say he was more of a teacher than a prophet.

      • Correct. Jesus is SAVIOUR AND part of the Holy Trinity. We could not be saved without the blood of Jesus at Calvary and His sacrifice for us on the cross. Then we need to accept,believe and confess our sins. God bless all.

    • Jesus Christ IS the son of God. True God, and true man. He came to die on the cross, for all who will believe, the truth and accept him !

    • We are saved by God’s grace and grace alone. Jesus died on the cross and endured so much pain and agony to wash away our sins and make us whole.

  2. Lutherans are not Christians. Neither are any of the other denominations. Paul abraded the Corinthians for denominating themselves into sects, Paulines, Peterites, and Apollosites (1Cor 1:12). Christ can not and should not be divided(1 Cor 1:13. There are only Christians. Any one that tries to divide Christ are heretics and are lost. 2000 years ago men divided into sects called Paulines, Peterites, and Apollosites; now they go by different names: Lutheran, Methodist, Baptist and the like. All should believe in the risen Christ(John 3:16),all should repent(turn away from) of ones sinful life(Acts 2:38), all should confess Christ(Rom 10:9), all should Be Baptized(immersed) in water for the remission of sins(Rom 6:3-9) and all should continue in the faith to the best of ones ability until death(Matt 10:22). Be a follower of Christ “Christian only”. Then the faithful will be rewarded with eternal life(Rev 2:10.

    • Being a Christian means to be a follower of Christ. If you follow Christ and you know that he is the ONLY way to ever get to heaven, you are a Christian. I don’t care what you call yourself. It’s not about the title, it’s about Jesus. Thats it. I mean it was stupid to ever split a religion on things like baptism and communion because those aren’t salvation issues. Jesus is the only important thing.

      • Chloe, I respect you for voicing your opinion but when it comes to salvation neither your opinion nor my opinion counts for anything. It is God’s word that counts and only God’s word that counts. I look forward to you posting your reply to this rebuttal of your last comment; however, for it to carry any weight with the readers of this blog and myself, your comments/facts should be backed up with New Testament scriptures.
        Chloe, you stated, “Being a Christian means to be a follower of Christ.” To be a Christian means being more than a follower of Christ. I can follow the group “Third Day” around everywhere that they go and learn to sing all their songs by heart but that want make me a member of the band. In order to be a member of the band I first need to be invited to join the band and then I must do what ever is required to be a member of “Third Day”. Scripture states, “So Jesus said to those who believed in him, “If you obey my teaching, you are really my disciples”John 8:31 and “If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love.”John 15:10.
        You see it takes more that simply believing and accepting Jesus as your only savior to save you, Jesus himself said you must obey to be saved. Personally, I choose not to argue with Jesus on this point.
        As for titles, I want debate that point here but I will say this; it isn’t necessarily the titles that are wrong it is the doctrines that go along with those titles. Baptist doctrine is different than Lutheran doctrine and Christian doctrine is different than Baptist and Lutheran doctrines. Here in lies the rub. Paul said, “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” 1Co 1:10 The differences in doctrine between denominations are wrong. If we all simple obeyed the doctrines of Christ (Christian) and ignored the doctrines of men and their traditions (Martin Luther, John Calvin and the like) then we would be “all speaking the same things” 1Cor1:10
        Lastly you stated, “baptism…aren’t salvation issues.” Scripture says different. Have you read, “Those flood waters were like baptism that now saves you…” 1Pe 3:21 Did you catch that? “baptism that now saves you” I didn’t write that, Martin Luther didn’t write that, John Calvin didn’t write that either, Simon Peter wrote that and just as stated above I choose to not argue with Simon Peter. He wrote what Jesus taught and that’s that.
        I know you mean well but you have been taught things that can not be proved out to be true according to scripture and I know you would agree that scripture is our ultimate authority.
        May God bless you and give you understanding.

        • I think it’s pretty simple Tom. Even a child can be a Christian, can be saved. Simply by believing and accepting who He says He is and what He has done to you.
          A simple scripture to back that up is the most famous and underrated verse from John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
          Another one is in Romans 10:9-13 “9… because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. 13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

          It’s really simple.
          If you truly believe in Him, then He will change your heart. He will change the way you think, hear, see, say, and do.

          According to you Tom, you said this: “You see it takes more that simply believing and accepting Jesus as your only savior to save you, Jesus himself said you must obey to be saved.”
          I completely disagree. Are you saying that if you disobeyed God, you stopped being saved? Are you saying that in order to be saved, you have to constantly obey Him? No! The whole point of Jesus dying on that Cross for me, for you, and for everyone is to for our sins. And one of those sins is disobedience. And to be saved from those sins is to simply believe who He says He is and what He is to you and what He has done for you. If you truly believed that, then you are saved. If you don’t believe that that is true then are you saying that John 3:16 is a lie? That Romans 10:9-13 is all a lie? Since you always accept the scriptures at face value then why not accept what John 3:16 and Romans 10:9-13 at face value?
          That’s why I believe in Jesus. I, myself, know that I have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I am continually wanting to grow deeper into my relationship with Dad [Jesus]. He’s with me every step of the way. And how do I know that I’m saved? ‘Cause I truly believe who He is, what He says about Himself, and all the things that He has done for me. I’ve seen a significant growth in my spirituality. My personality changed. The way I see, say, think, and do things changed. And it’s all because of Him. All because of His grace. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t disobey Him. Every single day I still mess up. But He still loves me. And I still believe in Him. So if what you say is true, does that mean that every time I mess up by DISOBEYING Him or NOT obeying Him I’m not saved? Not true at all. That’s why salvation is a two-part process. One is justification, believing in the fact that Jesus died on the cross for my sins and that He rose again. Once you believe that. Period! You’re saved. But it doesn’t end there. The second part is sanctification. Me being made holy through the power of God’s grace. And that’s where I trust in Him to change who I am and make me become more like Jesus. But that doesn’t mean that you’re never gonna mess up. So it’s a life-time process. And that’s where I am now. I’m continually being changed by God. But yeah, my point is, to be saved, or to accept God’s gift of salvation is simple. Simply by believing in Him. And confessing it with your mouth. So simple that a child can understand. Thanks for the patience if you read the whole thing, Tom. Have a great day/night and Merry Christmas!

          • you are exactly right, Jesus is the reason we are forgiven our sins, if we obeyed God every second, we would be perfect and thats not possible, only Jesus is perfect, we are sinners, imperfect and flawed humans until we get to heaven, and by Gods precious blood of Jesus his son, we are not only forgiven but saved from sin, and he is the only way, the truth, and the life, we will always sin, but the closer we work on getting to Jesus, to be like him, the less sinning we will do, amen?

        • How did the thief on the cross get to be with Jesus in paradise? Was he baptized? Did he celebrate the Lord’s supper? Did he ever experience any of he sacraments? NO!! He knew who Jesus was…his Lord. He confessed it with his mouth and though Jesus was not yet resurrected from the dead, this man knew He would be since he asked Jesus to REMEMBER him…so he believed it in his heart!! We must stop all this legalistic stuff and know that we know that we know that Jesus is Lord!! If we say that we are not sinners, the we make God a liar. Jesus says that whoever believes, WHOEVER BELIEVES, will not perish!! Thank you Lord Jesus!! Hallelujah and Amen!!

        • When did following God become so divisive? You’ve turned religion into like trying to fit in at your local high school. That’s very sad. Jesus didn’t believe in such divisiveness.

      • I agree with you Chloe. Jesus dying on the cross is the reason we received grace through faith. Its all about Him, the Trinity part. The division is there, but if we accept what His Son did and continue in faith, we will enter into heaven. We will know all the answers when Jesus returns for us.

      • I agree 100%.

    • well said, I wish there were more people like you! In the last days there will be, God will raise up an army that he has trained, that all follow Christ, all have been baptised in water and the Holy Spirit and by his Grace, serve him in love. We are his chosen people, a Royal Priesthood. We do not belong to any denomination or church and have been taught by the Holy Spirit. We are Abrahams’ children, the children of faith, and that not of ourselves, but a gift of the Lord. So that no man can boast.
      I found it refreshing to find a like minded Christian….It’s good to know that you are not “The only voice crying out in the wilderness”. So often i feel i don’t “fit in” with conventional churches. so stay at home with the Lord, never lonely as he always has something new to teach me.
      But in my soul I hanker after companionship, someone who see’s the world as i do. Thank you for your message. I know it was written a long time ago, I don’t know if you will get this, I hope so… Jude xxxx

  3. Christ teach us to pray and included there the prayer of confession and it was stated again in 1;john 1:9.

    • You are exactly right Jesus taught in the “Lord’s Prayer”verses, which is an example of how to pray, to ask God to forgive us as we forgive others but who was he talking to? It was his apostles and as we all know they were already sanctified and were living, at that time, under the Old Covenant.
      You are also right in that John taught that we are to confess our sins and our sins will be forgiven. He said, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1Jn 1:9).
      Unfortunately, what you left out was the context in which John was writing. You forgot to ask yourself whom it was to, that John was writing . As it turns out he was not speaking to a group of unconverted people; he was; in fact, speaking to a group of Christians. He said this, “They went out from “us”, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have “continued with us”: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they “were not all of us”. But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.” (1Jn 2:19-21)
      This information changes your assertion that Jesus taught us to pray for salvation. I have never read a NT verse that instructs individuals to pray a sinners prayer to be saved. Have you? If so I would love to know which verse it is. Please post the “sinners prayer verse” here for us all to see. A little hint to assist your search; the Church began after Jesus died on the cross. (Heb 9:15-17)
      Happy hunting and God bless!
      PS- I thought I would include a list the of purposes of baptism alone with the verses where they can be found. You may be surprised to find that there are not any baptism verses that say that baptism is a symbol or a likeness as many preachers today claim.
      Here they are: Fulfills all righteousness (Matt 3:15) ; Commanded by Jesus (Mark 16:16); Forgiveness of sin (Acts 2:38) ; Wash sins away (Acts 22:16); Into Christ, Crucified, Buried with Him, Raised with Him (Rom 6:3-8); Into the body (1 Cor 12:13); Clothed with Christ (Gal 3:27);
      Circumcised by God, Buried with Christ, Raised with Christ (Col 2:11-12); Saves You (1Pet 3:21)

  4. Im geeting confused with the diffrence between christian and lutharin. I think were thinkin more than we should as long as you belive in what happened and have neverwitnessed it your loved in gods eyes for your faith. I was born in a christian family. And the reason im still christian is because of prays that i noticed were answered. Rite away or through out time. I think if you belive in christ thats all you need. Theres no argueing between religons like say chritian or lutherin. If you believe you belive thats all you need to be saved. But dont take advantage of that by beliveing but living wrong try to do rite. He knows…

    • Hello Nick, you stated, “If you believe you belive thats all you need to be saved.” Please supply the NT scripture that states that “”all” you need to be saved is to believe”. Don’t we need to; just to mention one thing, repent? I can think of several things that NT scripture states we must do to be saved. Not even a non believer will argue this point. Repent? What does scripture say?
      God bless

  5. Yet in Genesis 3 22 God said See! The man has become like one of us…like one of us…who is us? ?Father the Son and the holy ghost ..correct?

  6. Lutherans do not believe in transubstantiation which is that the bread and wine become the actual body and blood of Jesus. Lutherans believe in consubstantiation that the stuff of Jesus is present along side of the bread and wine. This is scientifically true as well as doctrinally true. Some protestants believe that the communion supper is only a memorial. Lutherans and Catholics believe that it is more than that. However, Lutherans do serve grape juice as an option to those who receive communion.

    • There is an error in this article. Sue is correct: The Orthodox and Roman Catholic Church teaches transubstantiation. Martin Luther changed the Eucharistic celebration of the Mass to that of consubstantiation.

  7. I second everything Tom has said. People, there shouldn’t be any disagreements between each other! The reason is because every answer is in The Good Book!!! Don’t go off of what you have heard from someone in the past, go off of GOD’S WORD! Psalm 118.8 It is better to trust in the Lord than to trust in man. And to “tim why” from previous post. How do you know that the thief wasn’t baptized? I don’t remember ever reading that in scripture. Don’t forget that John baptized people in the Jordan for the remission of sins.
    May Christ be with you all! God Bless

  8. Acts 11:26 says the DISCIPLES were called Christians. A Disciple is a follower of Jesus Christ and His teachings. Therefore ANY church that follows Jesus Christ AND His teachings are Christian if they conform to this Biblical example. The reason for the many churches are that they are families of Christian believers with different personalities and therefore Christians looking for a church home should go where they fit personally (assuming the Bible is honored and followed).

  9. I really want to confess but not catholic can I

  10. I am Christian, faithfully and strong

  11. Yeah, but the new law didn’t actually happen till after Jesus died and the curtain was torn in the temple. So, really the Theif didn’t have to be baptized cuz it was the old law. Also, James tells us that even the demons beleive and tremble, but they won’t be saved. James also tells us faith without works is dead. So, wouldn’t faith alone not be enough? The new testament tells us a lot about being baptized for the remission of our sins. I mean, the faith alone thing doesn’t make sence.

    Well, like, what about the leper who was told to go bathe in the jordan 7 times? He could have believed and had faith whole heartedly that Jesus was the Son of God, but unless he did went in the Jordan 7 times, he was still gonna have that disease.

  12. Baptism does not save….only allowing Christ to be your Lord and Savior will save you no act done by humans can have any effect on a person’s salvation. Baptizing babies is pointless! That is what is wrong with Lutheranism. And communion doesn’t forgive sins either! Read the Bible…don’t add things to it don’t leave things out..

  13. I feel such pity for you all, arguing, yet again, in the name of God. “Judge not lest ye be judged.”

  14. Good for you Dixie!!!!!!!

    Can you just imagine how Jesus must feel looking down at our petty squabbling over who’s bible words are correct. He did not give his life for us to have us arguing this way. Put your energy into making yourself more Christ like instead of worrying about what others do. It is not our job to judge. That is God’s and only God’s.

  15. I am very grateful that God understands the sin nature of ALL of us. Not one of you out there is without sin, even when you become a Christian. Take inventory of your daily thoughts. It is a daily challenge to become more like Christ. If any of you feel that because you have become a Christian and you read God’s word daily you have become perfect, shame on you!!!

  16. So everybody understands, Tom and Ray belong to a denomination called churches of Christ (they’ll likely fly off the handle). They vary in intensity, but overall come from the same man-made Restoration Movement. These are Christians (yes I called them Christians) who judge all of Christendom by their man-made hermeneutic. They will blast you with tons of proof-texted Scripture that they see through a homemade lens. Make no mistake folks, that man-made lens was crafted by names that you don’t find in the Bible…names like, Campbell, Stone, Scott, Lard, Hardeman, Harding, Lipscomb, etc. They will always play dumb here and pretend like they don’t know who these guys are, but every one of the doctrines that they use to show yours as heretical was created by the men mentioned. This you have chirch of Christ doctrines of men. Their hermeneutic causes them to apply tons of laws to the Gospel because they tirelessly hunt for approved example, direct command or necessary inference to substantiate their legalistic view and sophistry. Where does it say in the New Testament that we should try and apply a man-made formula to interpret God’s Word…it doesn’t. Now we all have doctrine and it is usually different in some way because men have spoiled it, even in my own tradition. But, church of Christ…wake up…your men were no more immune to infallibility as mine. Get it perfect before you begin excluding those from Christ’s Church. Stop using fallacies to make people feel small. When I say I believe that your 5 step plan of salvation is false, I’m stating that I disagree with your opinion on what Scripture means, but I cannot exclude you from being called Christian. Like you, I have Scriptural reference to every thing I believe.

    If a denomination is a part of a whole, then take a look at how you’ve divided in your own sect and how you are pushing other followers of Christ away through your dogma. I love your comparison of Lutheran, Baptist and Christian doctrines. Talk about an ad-hoc way to argue. Where is the love that Christ commanded you to have?

    • Hello Trey, I believe you to be sincere in your comments, however, you made a mistake. That mistake was assuming that I am a member of the “Church of Christ”; I am not. The CoC though having honest intentions, are, in my opinion, too legalistic (at least those that I have met). They do not hold a patent on believing that we should follow all scripture and not “cherry pic” our favorites as some are in the habbit of doing. I am simply a follower of Christ, and a devout student of the scriptures. I do not believe that there will be any demoninations in the next life, therefore, I reject them now. Those that will be saved are those that obey the will of the Father not the doctrines of men such as Luther (mentioned in the title question).

    • Hello Trey, I believe you to be sincere in your comments, however, you made a mistake. That mistake was assuming that I am a member of the “Church of Christ”; I am not. The CoC though having honest intentions, are, in my opinion, too legalistic (at least those that I have met). They do not hold a patent on believing that we should follow all scripture and not “cherry pic” our favorites as some are in the habbit of doing. I am simply a follower of Christ, and a devout student of the scriptures. I do not believe that there will be any demoninations in the next life, therefore, I reject them now. Those that will be saved are those that obey the will of the Father not the doctrines of men such as Luther (mentioned in the title question). If this is a duplicate please forgive me. There was a glitch when I submitted my comment. God bless

  17. Jesus said he didnt come to start a new religion, AND he was a Jew. CASE CLOSED.

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