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Christ Lutheran Church

January 23rd, 2005


Church Review
Scriptural View: 2/5
Beliefs: 2/5
Community: 2/5

Website Review
Site Usabilility: 3/5
Site Design: 2/5
Site Content: 2/5

Summary: Christ Lutheran Church meets in Pacific Beach. The service liturgy is similiar to a Catholic Mass. There are things this church does well. They had tables soliciting volunteers for their local involvement with an Interfaith Shelter, seem to have a heart for missions and have a strong desire to bring a message of God’s grace to people. Also, much thanks should be paid to Luther who began the reformission tradition. As to their beliefs, Lutherans hold to a differing view of baptism. The main difference of which I am aware between Lutheran and protestant baptism is that most protestant churches teach that Baptism is the sign and seal of the promise of God given through the Holy Spirit, whereas for Lutherans Baptism is the gift of Holy Spirit, himself, is received at God’s command and promise through the water and the Word of the Sacrament. The Lutheran view of baptism is summarized in a listing of its benefits in Luther’s Small Catechism: “In Baptism God forgives sin, delivers from death and the devil, and gives everlasting salvation to all who believe what he has promised.” Also, as for this particular church, they do not believe that Christ is the only way thus negating the view that the Bible is God’s authority and inspired Word. For this and other un-orthodox beliefs we cannot recommend this church.

Baptism required for salvation. Also, based on their interpretations they do not hold the Bible as God’s innerrant word to His people. We cannot recommend this church.

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