Lutheran Bible Translators accepts without reservation: 1. The Scriptures of the Old and the New Testament as the verbally inspired and inerrant Word of God and the only rule and norm of faith and of practice. 2. All the Symbolical Books of the Evangelical Lutheran Church as a true and unadulterated statement and exposition of the Word of God, to wit: The Ecumenical Creeds (the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, the Athanasian Creed), the Unaltered Augsburg Confession, the Apology of the Augsburg Confession, the Smalcald Articles, the Large Catechism of Luther, the Small Catechism of Luther, and the Formula of Concord.
Note: In layman’s terms, the “Symbolical Books of the Evangelical Lutheran Church… to wit:…” is the Book of Concord.
The following statements amplify LBT’s doctrinal position:
We believe that the Bible, verbally inspired by the Holy Spirit, is absolutely inerrant and the only authoritative rule and norm in doctrine and life.
We believe that there is one God and that there are eternally existent in the one divine essence three persons–Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe in the personality of Satan and that unregenerate man is in bondage to him.
We believe that the entire universe was created by God; and that God made man sinless, in His own image.
We believe that since the fall of Adam all humanity everywhere is born in sin and thus by nature humans are evil and corrupt, without fear or love of God, spiritually blind and dead in sin, unable to do anything to please God or save themselves, enemies of God worthy of nothing but everlasting wrath and punishment of God.
We believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true man and Savior of the world, that He made complete satisfaction to God for the sins of all humanity by His substitutionary and atoning life, and death on the cross, that whoever believes in Him has everlasting life; but those who are without Christ are without God and without hope.
We believe in the virgin birth of Christ, in His mercies, in His sinless human nature and life, in His death, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His personal and imminent return in power and glory.
We believe in the baptism of infants as well as adults.
We believe that the Lord’s Supper, along with Baptism and the Gospel, is a means of grace and forgiveness. We believe the words of Jesus: “Take eat; this is my body… Drink ye all of it, for this is my blood” (Matthew 26:26-28). Not only bread and wine, but also the body and blood of Jesus are truly present in the Lord’s Supper.
We believe that God has established, through His Word and Holy Spirit, a unique fellowship of believers on earth, the holy Christian Church.
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose almighty grace sinners are brought all the benefits of Christ’s atoning work and by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life and to be a functioning part of Christ’s Church.
We believe in the resurrection of all believers in Christ unto everlasting life and blessedness in heaven and the resurrection of unbelievers unto everlasting punishment in hell.
We believe that it is the responsibility of every believer to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ to every creature — that no one is exempt — that every believer must deny himself and take up his cross daily and lay down his life, if necessary, that the Gospel may be proclaimed in every land and in every tongue.
We believe that participation in and conduct of services of worship, with or without the celebration of Holy Communion, shall be governed by the principles set forth in the Holy Scripture (See: Rom. 16:17, 1 Cor. 11:23-29, Eph. 4:3-6 and 2 Tim. 4:2-4) and our Lutheran confessional commitment.
As Lutheran Bible Translators we have a unique opportunity to declare to all with whom we associate, in whatever area of the world God may call us to work, our deep respect for the Word of God and our complete submission to the total truth of Holy Scripture. We will therefore refrain from participating in those worship and sacramental rites whereby we may compromise our position of loyalty to God’s truth.