Make a Difference
The differences today are more in emphasis and practice. Lutherans have a distinct emphasis on God’s free gift of grace. There is nothing we can do to earn God’s love, or a place in the Christian community. God has already accepted us just as we are. We believe that God’s gift of grace is received by faith. That doesn’t mean we don’t believe in the importance of doing good in the world! It simply means that good works are the fruit of faith, not a kind of barter system for heavenly favors. And while we celebrate the great traditions of the Church, our ultimate authority is scripture, interpreted in the context of the community.