What makes a Lutheran a Lutheran is the belief in the Word and Sacrament. Every Sunday, we partake in both, and both are essential to our faith. We read the word, from the old testament, the new testament, a psalm, and a gospel reading. Then we partake in the sacrament, which all baptized Christians are allowed to join, which is the symbolic body and blood of Christ. The sacrament that we partake in is taken with all the saints, those of this world and those of heaven. That is what makes us Lutheran.Wow - there are already 47 different "Lutheran" denominations? I realize anyone can start a churhc and call themselves Lutheran, but what exactly makes a denomination Lutheran?
The facts do show that mainstream Protestantism is fracturing and dying. There is a large number of nonbelievers in the Western World due to the espousal of false doctrine in the last 75 years.
What makes us separate (There are only 7 Lutheran synods in the US) is the little things, and this happens to be one little thing that will possibly separate our church. Even though we differ on the little things, we believe in the word and sacrament, the two most important things in Lutheranism.