In a day and age when a lot of Christian churches talk about ecumenism and church mergers and look at how their church is just like other churches, Lutherans, particularly of a more conservative stripe, tend to look at how they are different. Lutherans are a confessional church, which means that we stand on a body of theological documents that explain what Lutherans believe. We hold those confessions very dear. We believe they correctly and accurately explain what God's Word teaches. We are very reluctant to compromise our confessional base.
We believe it does make a difference believing what Lutherans believe.
- Adapted from Dittmer, Terry K. ed., "Wings of Faith," Board of Youth Services, page 74, 1988.