The Augsburg Confession Presented 486 Years Ago
They had hardly gotten the candles blown out on John the Baptist’s crunchy locusts and honey birthday cake on June 24th, when the next day, Lutherans hurried to the meeting they were holding in Augsburg, Germany with Charles the V the Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire and other representatives of Rome.
It wasn’t safe for Martin Luther to attend the meeting so Philip Melanchton wrote what has become known as the Augsburg Confession. However, they made sure Luther approved of these brief statements of how the reformers either agreed with or differed from the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. Then on June 25th the reformers presented their confession to Charles.
The Augsburg Confession still serve as a brief summary of Lutheran teaching. In 1580 when the Book of concord was drawn up, the unaltered Augsburg Confession was included as the principal Lutheran Confession.
Lord God, heavenly Father, Your preserved the teaching of the apostolic Church through the confession of the true faith at Augsburg. Continue to cast the bright beams of Your light upon Your Church that we, being instructed by the doctrine of the blessed apostles, may walk in the light of Your truth and finally attain to the light of everlasting life; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.