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I read an article by a Lutheran Pastor (about Christians who treasure Christian history vs. those who see no value in it or just ignore it for various reasons).
Anyway, the blog is titled something to the tune of "[words from a] Confessional Lutheran" and one of the commentors also mentioned something about "coming home to Confessional Lutheranism".
So, my question is, what is "Confessional Lutheran", as opposed to regular ol' "Lutheran" or "Lutheran Church Missouri Synod"?
Are these varying components of the same Faith...kinda like within Catholicism we see the "Novus Ordo" (English/vernacular Mass...post Vatican II), Latin Mass Catholics (who typically prefer the Tridentine Mass in Latin), the Eastern Rite Catholics, etc...?
A confessional Lutheran, briefly, is one who adheres to the Lutheran Confessions. From my viewpoint, those of us who claim this would support the traditional Lutheran mass, look to the confessions as the lens with which we read scripture, etc.
Some Lutherans might view the confessions as a guide to faith and practice, but not completely necessary. For example, some Lutherans ordain women. I would claim this is not in keeping with the historical Church or the Lutheran Confessions. As another, without attacking other synods specifically, it seems in opposition to the confessions, and again the historic Church, to share the sacrament with those who do not hold to Lutheran doctrine, most notably the real presence in the Eucharist.
Others may have differing views.