"The split between Lutherans and the Roman Catholic Church arose mainly over the doctrine of Justification before God. Lutheranism advocates a doctrine of justification "by grace alone through faith alone because of Christ alone," which contradicted the Roman view of "faith formed by love", or "faith and works".
and, "Unlike the Reformed Churches, Lutherans retain many of the liturgical practices and sacramental teachings of the pre-Reformation Church. Lutheran theology differs considerably from Reformed theology in a variety of ways, including Christology, the purpose of God's Law, divine grace, whether one is "once saved always saved," and predestination.
Answer by Cinnamon-mom at 2:15 PM on Jun. 25, 2009
everything the above poster said is true. Also the Catholic attitude that humans have to DO something before God will forgive them is a big difference. Lutherans teach that a human only needs to Believe. Works come later. Nobody can earn they way into heaven through works. Of course what the Catholic church teaches NOW is much closer to what Luther taught than what the Catholic church was teaching in his time. But the Catholic church has created new "traditions" that are unbiblical since then. Something about the structure of that church just isn't right. The idea that the Pope is Go's infalibale representative is very corrupting.
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Answer by moki1984 at 2:39 PM on Jun. 25, 2009
Yes there was a problem with indulgences. That had more to do with corrupt priests. The Vatican has always taught against this. Look to Christs words on the goats and sheep. The Sheep did cloth the naked, fed the hungry, housed the homeless, cared for the sick. While the goats just prayed. and told God how good they were. Being holy ( or close as a human can be) is a on going process. We do have to work at it. We need to pray for help everyday. For we fall little each time we have a opportunity to help someone and we belittle them or just freeze up and don't do anything. or think we just don't have the time. As for the Pope being infallible, that is only in the teachings of Christ. He is to keep them and remind us of them. Not everything He writes or says is infallible.
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