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Click on the example graphic to go to the Book of Concord Online. The Latin Hebrew and German words in the graphic are translated as: Concordia YHWH & Christian.
Concordia comes from two Latin words meaning “with” and “heart.” It describes a commitment to the truth so strong and so deep, it is as if those who share it have a single heart beat. [Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions, xiii].
Lutherans believe teach and confess what is taught in the Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions.
On the other hand, Cafeteria “Christians” and “Lutherans” pick and choose from the Scriptures and the Confessions, and do not teach or confess anything other than their own desires. With them we do not share a single heart beat. Paul wrote that
the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. [2 Ti 4:3-4].
If we are in a church where “God” is always saying what we want to hear, then the true God is not speaking there. We do not choose the truth. To believe is to think that something is true regardless of our desires.
Faith is a gift of God. (Ep 2:8).