In the Formula of Concord, written in 1560-70, Lutheran doctrine appears to assert MORE or less an universal election. Quoting from Needham's Volume 4, page 30, he writes:

"To preserve the reality, the universality, and the trustworthiness of God's love, the framers of the Formula maintained that God in Christ was equally intent on saving all. If some were actually saved, they must credit this entirely to His grace and not in any sense to themselves. However, if others were lost, they must not ascribe this to any failure of saving intent in God, but exclusively to their own resistance to His grace. If this appeared to violate logic, so much the worse for logic"

So, Lutheran thought has a strong belief in monergism, but probably be only 2 point Calvinist. I wonder if their was a similar Synod of Dort between Calvinist and Lutherans, how would that be debated and written. The Formula of Concord is still used as the standard of conservative Lutherans today.

PS1 Why Concord, it was not held in a place called Concord. Concord must be a descriptive word in Germany.
PS2 The formula stated that the two natures of Jesus Christ were omnipresent, at least could be.


John Chaney

"having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith . . ." Colossians 2:7