Sola BlogView All Posts >>

Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions
Concerning the Invocation of Saints – part 7

Click for larger image

Click above for larger graphic. • Original image  • Index of Scripture graphics and posts by Scripture reference 

  Click for a recording of today's lesson.

James 1:5–8

From the Confessions: The Defense of the Augsburg Confession

Concerning the Invocation of Saints 

Since prayer ought to be made from faith, how do we know that God approves of this invocation? How do we know that the saints perceive each other’s prayers unless there is the testimony of Scripture?

Pulling It Together

One cannot invoke the saints of heaven with confident faith because the practice is based on human tradition instead of Scripture. It is based on the word of man, not upon the Word of God. Without real faith, that which is based on “what is written” (1 Cor 4:6), one may not expect to receive any answer to prayer.

Now people may claim that they have no doubt as to whether they are heard by the saints of heaven. That does not change the fact that the invocation of saints has no assurances from the Word. How can one really believe unless the Lord has established the matter in Scripture? Upon what do they base their trust? On whom do they place such confidence? The Lutherans confess sola Scriptura, that our trust only comes from “what is written” in the Scriptures, that our faith as well as our practice must stand or fall on the Word.

Prayer: Thank you for hearing my prayers, Father. Amen.

Receive these lessons by email. Write  with "Subscribe" as your subject. To unsubscribe, send an email to the same address with "Unsubscribe" as your subject. 

Your support of Sola Publishing enables Sola to benefit future generations of Lutherans by continuing to produce resources that reflect the integrity of the Scriptures as the Word of God, from the perspective of the historical Lutheran Confessions.

Click the "Donate" button above to make a secure, one-time or recurring donation. Or mail checks made out to "Sola Publishing" to:

Sola Publishing
PO Box 521
Maple Lake, MN 55358

Questions? Please call toll free: 888-887-9840.

Click Here For Content Archives