“A Lutheran told me yesterday: The Pope is the spiritual leader of all Christians. It appears that only American snake handlers disagree.”
Luther himself, up in heaven, would probably roll about in fury at the notion coming from a so called Lutheran. I would use the normal phrase “rolling in their graves,” but, obviously, that’s not a place a Christian’s soul remains.
My interlocutor is a person well versed in the Lutheran theology. He is also close to the hierarchy of the Lutheran Church, and frequently publishes articles on religious matters. A well respected conservative man. Whether his stetement to me represents the view (on papacy) of his church, I don’t know.
Who are you? Jim Bakker, the Crouch couple, the drunken preacher on the downtown corner, Marjo, or a follower of one of those? Because your readings of the Holy Scripture count as much as the readings of any of those listed. That is by the very definition of your Church protesting against Rome. Rome will outlast us all. If you define yourself but what you are against, then you ain’t much.