The Lutheran Church of the Cross (LCC) is praying in the
midst of this misery that it could for its own part help those who
are without a safe spiritual home. We are dedicated to the Word of
God and want to build on the rock Christ, on which ground we are
saved even when everything else is lost. Even today the everlasting
word of our Lord brings peace into our sin-burdened consciences as
He declares: "I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions
for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins" (Isaiah 43:25,
KJV). In this mercy is our whole salvation.
Welcome to the Site of The Lutheran Church of
the Cross (LCC) Finland
We are in fellowship with :
Confessional Lutheran Church of Finland
Immanuel-Gemeinde, Steeden, German
Confessionally Lutheran Resurrection Congregation in Latvia
What is The Lutheran Church of the Cross (LCC)?
The Lutheran Church of the Cross (LCC) (in Finnish Luterilainen
ristin seurakunta (LRS), is an independent church body established
in the spring of 1999. We gather in Vaasa (on the West Coast), in
Hyvinkää (near Helsinki), Helsinki (the capital) and in Södertälje
"Lutheran" in the name of our congregation means that we are
dedicated to the pure word of God alone, as the Reformer was. Our
congregation is confessional in the real sense of the word: we
confess all the doctrines of the Lutheran Book of Concord without
reservation because they are in harmony with the Bible.
THE MAIN POINTS OF THE DOCTRINE OF
The Lutheran Church of the Cross FINLAND
I Of the Holy Scriptures
We believe, teach and confess that the Holy Bible is the inerrant
Word of God, verbally inspired by the Holy Spirit, given for our
salvation, and the sole rule and norm for all doctrine and living.
We profess the doctrine expressed in the Lutheran Confessions (The
Book of Concord) because (quia) it is in harmony with the Holy
II Of God and Creation
We believe, teach and confess that there is only one God who is
three distinct persons, but of one and the same divine essence: the
Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. He is the only true God and the
Creator of the whole world and every human being. We reject all
III Of Man and Sin
We believe, teach and confess that as a result of the Fall, the
whole mankind by its nature is totally corrupted by sin, resisting
God, and subject to the wrath of God and eternal damnation.
IV Of Redemption
We believe, teach and confess that Jesus Christ is true God who
became incarnate, being conceived by the Holy Ghost and born of the
Virgin Mary, and redeemed us from the guilt of sin by his perfect
obedience which he manifested all along, right until His death on
the cross (active and passive obedience). Through this vicarious
satisfaction he earned forgiveness of sins for the whole world.
V Of Conversion
We believe, teach and confess that we are saved solely by the
unmerited grace of God (sola gratia), solely by faith in Christ
(sola fide), i.e. in the free gift of salvation, earned for us by
the redeeming work of Christ. We reject all co-operation of man in
conversion (synergism). Saving faith, which is personal trust in
Christ as our Redeemer, is exclusively the work and gift of God.
VI Of Justification
We believe, teach and confess that, on the basis of the vicarious
satisfaction of Christ, God has declared the whole world to be
righteous in Christ (objective justification). Therefore, He
justifies, i.e. accounts as righteous, all those who believe in
Christ, that is, put their trust on the fact that for Christ´s sake
their sins are forgiven, without the works of the Law (subjective
VII Of the Means of Grace
We believe, teach and confess that God has given us the means of
grace in order to bring about, strengthen and maintain saving faith,
namely, the Word of the Gospel and the Sacraments of Holy Baptism
and the Lord's Supper. Only through these external means ordained by
Him will he offer and communicate these spiritual blessings.
We believe, teach and confess that Holy Baptism is a washing of
regeneration, wherein also little children become partakers of God's
grace, since they in Baptism receive through divinely wrought faith
the kingdom of God. In that way they also become members of the
Church. However, Baptism does not save those who live in unbelief.
They must in repentance and faith turn back to the gracious God who
once applied His grace to them in Baptism.
We believe, teach and confess that in the Lord's Supper the true
body and blood of Christ are received in the bread and wine for the
forgiveness of sins. We celebrate the Lord's Supper only with those
who are in fellowship with us.
VIII Of the Church
We believe, teach and confess that there is one holy Christian
Church on earth. The members of the Church are all those who believe
that God forgives their sins for Christ´s sake. The Church, in the
proper sense of the term, is composed of believers only is invisible.
The marks of this Church are the Word of God, purely preached, and
the Sacraments of Baptism and the Lord´s Supper, rightly
administered according to the institution of Christ.
Also local churches (congregations), in as fas as they are
churches, consist solely of believers. The visible society,
containing hypocrites as well as believers, is called a church only
in an improper sense. Establishing a local church is a divine
ordinance, not an adiaphoron.
We believe, teach and confess that, in the teaching of the
congregation, there must exist a unity based on the Word of God.
Scriptural church discipline must be exercised in the congregation
in order to reject unscriptural doctrine and godless living. We
reject all unionism where false doctrine is allowed beside the
correct one, and all church-fellowship with heterodox church bodies.
All church-fellowship (pulpit, altar and prayer fellowship and
co-operation in churchly matters) must be based on doctrinal unity.
The orthodox character of a church is established not by its
outward acceptance of and subscription to an orthodox creed, but by
the doctrine which is actually taught in its pulpits, in its
institutions, and its publications.
IX Of the Public Ministry
We believe, teach and confess that in the Public Ministry of the
Word may serve only a male person, who is qualified for it and has
been called by the congregation to serve it with the Word of God and
the Holy Sacraments. The pastoral office of the local congregation
is a divine ordinance.
We also believe, teach and confess that the prophecies of the
Holy Scriptures concerning the Antichrist have been fulfilled in the
Pope of Rome and his dominion.
X Of the Last Things
We believe, teach and confess that Christ will return visibly to
this earth on the last day, when the present world will come to an
end, all the dead will rise and will be judged together with those
who live. The unbelievers will go into everlasting damnation, but
the believers will go into life everlasting.
We believe, teach and confess that the Church will remain under
the cross until the end of the world. We reject all millenialistic
doctrines, because they dangerously obscure the seriousness of the
present time of grace and engender a false conception of the kingdom
of Christ, turning the hope of Christians on earthly goals.
And we reject all the contradictory doctrines with all our heart.
For further information, please call us or write to the addresses
Pastor Risto Relander
Välenojankatu 7 A 17
05880 Hyvinkää 040-5741887
Jollaksentie 46 b
FIN-00850 HELSINKI 85
gsm +358-50-462 0710
151 55 Södertälje
Tel. +46 (0)8 550 311 07