Letter from a Former Lutheran

I received the following letter in November of 2005...

Dear David,

I really like your web site. Yours is the first I have found which dares to criticize Lutheranism.  I have seen many sites which expose Catholicism, but I really like what you have done here.  I would be willing to share my salvation testimony with you, if you are interested?  In it, I discuss how I was a partaker of both false religions of Lutheranism and Catholicism, and how I came to realize those systems were false.  I discuss how the Bible showed me the truth; but initially, I think I just came to question religion in general, and then the Lord brought some Bible believers into my life.  This is how He works, and I realize I am not unique.


I am an ex-Lutheran (raised in the Lutheran religion as a child) and also an ex-catholic and I was involved in leadership positions in Roman Catholicism for 15 years before I began to seriously question the system.  I have witnessed the gospel to my family (who are Lutheran) and my husbands family (who are Catholic) but I think the only one who probably now actually understands the difference between Biblical Christianity and Lutheranism is my mother.  Thanks for being willing to stand up for the true gospel (which is not a religious system of works.)


I wish I knew how to make a web site like yours, because I have long desired to see one that exposes Lutheranism.




I had always thought Martin Luther was a saved man because of his professed salvation experience.  According to history, Martin Luther was a former Catholic priest who one day read a Scripture in the Bible that opened his eyes..."the just shall live by faith."  Luther renounced his Catholic beliefs and founded the Lutheran movement.  Martin Luther is famous for nailing his "95 thesis" to the door of the Catholic church in Wittenberg.  Unfortunately, Martin Luther came out of Catholicism, but Catholicism didn't come out of Martine Luther.  In his small catechism, Luther clearly teaches Baptismal Regeneration...

"What benefits does baptism give?

It works forgiveness of sins, rescues from death and the devil, and gives eternal salvation to all who believe this, as the words and promises of God declare." -Martin Luther

Folks, that is a lie of the devil.  Baptism has absolutely nothing to do with being saved.  Jesus never told anyone to go get baptized after He saved them.  No one in the Old Testament was ever baptized.  The thief upon the cross wasn't baptized.  The words of the Apostle Paul in 1st Corinthians 1:17 should settle the issue...For Christ sent me NOT to baptize, but to preach the Gospel.