#5: Comparison of Lutheran – Mormon Articles of Faith

Mormon Article of Faith #5

We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof.

Augsburg Confession Chief Article of Faith #5 – Concerning Ministry in the Church

So that we may obtain this faith, the ministry of teaching the gospel and administering the sacraments was instituted. For through the Word and the sacraments as though instruments the Holy Spirit is given, who effects faith where and when it pleases God in those who hear the gospel, that is to say, in those who hear that God, not on account of our own merits but on account of Christ justifies those who believe that they are received into grace on account of Christ. Galatians 3: “So that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith” [The churches among us’ condemn the Anabaptists and others who think that the Holy Spirit comes to human beings without the external Word through their own preparations and works.

Augsburg Confession Chief Article of Faith #14 – Concerning Concerning Church Order

Concerning church order [the churches among us] teach that no one should teach publicly in the church or administer sacraments unless properly called.

Commentary

There is actually pretty common agreement here.  ELCA Lutherans ordain men and women.  I believe that Mormons do not allow women to “administer the ordinances”.  Nevertheless, Mormons and Lutherans agree that good church order is important.

Pondering Pastor

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2 responses to “#5: Comparison of Lutheran – Mormon Articles of Faith

  1. We don’t ordain women because they hold the priesthood (the authority to act in God’same within one’s stewarship) in common with their husbands. Men have most of the administrativcve duties and responsiblities in the church because the greater role is in rearing children properly. Mothers are the heart of the family. Men have a different role. They should be the primary protector and provider. Both however, are accountable for how the children are raised and taught. Women, however, also have roles in church governance.

  2. Evangelical Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) doesn’t allow women to administer sacraments, serve as elders, nor ordained as reverends/pastors. LWML and other options enable women to serve the Church in stewardship. Christ as the Bridegroom is the head of the family followed by man then woman. Deborah served as judge over Israel, which is different from ordained.

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