What to call oneself?. The term Lutheran was used by opponents in 1519 – Leipzig Debate. The term Protestant was used by opponents in 1526 – Diet of Speyer.
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He sent to have them takenTo force them God’s Word to betrayAnd make their faith be shaken.Louvain sent clever men, who cameIn twisting nets to break them.Hard played they at their crooked game,But from faith could not shake them.God make their tricks look foolish.
John Bugenhagen, wrote in the preface to his Danish edition of the Enchiridion of 1538, “After this confession is made, also the little children of about eight years or less should be admitted to the table of him who says: Suffer the little children to come unto me."
The new Evangelical rite of Confirmation included two main components: Acknowledgement of instruction and examination of communicants prior to partaking in the Lord's Supper. The Apology states, "With us many use the Lord's Supper [willingly and without constraint] every Lord's Day, but after having been first instructed, examined [whether they know and understand anything of the Lord's Prayer, the Creed, and the Ten Commandments], and absolved."
In 1540, John Bugenhagen, introduced a third element: Public confession of one's faith. When he developed the Brandenberg Church Order with the Evangelical rite of Confirmation, he emphasized public confession of the Christian faith with the acknowledgement of catechesis and examination. Luther subscribed to this type of Confirmation with only one stated concern. He believed that the pastor must rightfully refuse to confirm anyone whom he had conscientious concerns (Witzelisch, WA Br., 8, 622, 623).
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