God forbid that I should limit the time of acquiring faith to the present life. In the depth of the Divine mercy, there may be an opportunity to win it in the future
Martin Luther, 1522

The General Lutheran Church was organized on March 9, 2014, when ministers from four other Lutheran denominations* and several descendants of the former Evangelical Lutheran General Synod of the United States of America met to discuss the issues of grace, women's ordination, liturgy, and the Lutheran Confessions as expressed in their respective churches. 

The outcome of these deliberations resulted in establishing a small successor Lutheran denomination of autonomous congregations that expanded Martin Luther's statement regarding the possibility of universal reconciliation into the adoption of a belief in the final harmony of all souls with God. We also base this belief on a number of New Testament scriptures, particularly, 

And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself. - - John 12:32; Everyone will see the salvation of God. - - Luke 3:6; and, Our hope is set on the living God, who is the savior of all people, especially those who believe. - - 1 Timothy 4:10.  

The deliberations also resulted in an endorsement of women's ordination and a compromise regarding liturgy: Each congregation will determine whether to conduct either a "low church" or "high church" worship service.

The Church traces its roots to the former Evangelical Lutheran General Synod of the United States of America founded by Samuel Simon Schmucker. and values the Lutheran Confessions as expressed in the Book of Concord, other works by Martin Luther, and the writings of Samuel Simon Schmucker as theological guides.

Thus, our profession of faith is summarized as a belief in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. -- John 1:18; Jesus Christ is the Lord and Savior of all. -- First Corinthians 15:22; the Bible is a sufficient guide for faith and practice. -- Matthew 4:4; two Sacraments: Holy Baptism and Holy Communion. -- Mark 22:14-20; universal reconciliation. - - 1 Timothy 4:10; just retribution for sin. -- Colossians 3:25; and, there is a wideness in God's mercy. -- Ephesians 2:4-7. Our veiws regarding Universal Reconciliation are clearly stated in the  Winchester Profession of Faith of 1803 .  

Each congregation and minister of the General Lutheran Church is free to interpret and apply the principles of the Lutheran Confessions as each feels led by the power of the Holy Spirit. Regarding the Book of Concord, we hold to the Quatenus rather than the Quia position but allow liberty of conscience on this issue.  We also support the right and duty of private judgment in the interpretation of the Scriptures.  

*Missionary Lutheran Church, Association of Independent Evangelical Lutheran Churches, Lutheran Orthodox Church, Lutheran Evangelical Protestant Churches

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