Augsburg Confession, Articles 1 and 2

Introduction to the Augsburg Confession  When Luther finally realized that a person is made right before God because of Jesus Christ, he came to see more clearly how the Roman-Catholic Church had veered away from the historic, Christian faith.  Rome’s teachings on repentance and the forgiveness of sins, especially as tied to indulgences, led Luther […]

John 16:5-15: Grace Alone

In 418 AD, the Church held a council at Carthage, today in Tunisia, to deal with a false teaching in the Church.  That teaching was called “Pelagianism.”  Pelagianism taught that we humans are born neutral before God, neither good nor evil.  And because we are neutral, someone’s own choices or efforts get him into heaven. […]