According to the Lutheran World Federation, there are approximately 74 million Lutherans in 98 countries worldwide. The origins of the Lutheran denomination trace back to the 16th century and the reforms of Martin Luther , a German friar in the Augustinian order and professor who has been called the "Father of the Reformation. Luther began his protest in over the Roman Catholic Church 's use of indulgences but later clashed with the Pope over the doctrine of justification by faith alone. Initially, Luther wanted to debate Catholic authorities over reform, but their differences were irreconcilable.
Lutherans split over gay pastors, Bible beliefs
Gay and transgender Lutheran pastors reinstated
Tom Brock is a senior pastor at Hope Lutheran Church in North Minneapolis who recently became the center of a controversy after his personal struggles with same-sex attraction were made public. Brock, 57 years old and a virgin by his own admission, says that he has never engaged in homosexual behavior. A two-week investigation by his church, a member of the conservative Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, confirmed that no evidence exists to the contrary. He was welcomed back with a standing ovation. Now in an interview with LifeSiteNews.
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