June 25 – 1530 = Augsburg Confession presented by Melanchthon to Charles V
John 12:42 “Nevertheless many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue.”
On June 25, 1530 Melanchthon surrounded by leaders of German Lutheran areas presented to Emperor Charles V the Augsburg Confession. This confession in 28 articles summarized the Lutheran view of the Christian faith. It was an attempt to bring an end to the Reformation, which had split Germany. However, the Roman Catholics could not accept the Augsburg Confession, and neither could the Reformed, who tried later to present their own confession, but it was rejected by all. However, Charles needed peace in order to marshal forces to fight against the invading Turks. Charles ended up declaring the Augsburg Interim where people could either be Roman Catholic, except the Augsburg and be Lutheran or they could get out of the German Empire. This effectively outlaws the Reformed faith, and many Reformers do end up fleeing Germany during this time. The Augsburg Confession is still viewed by many Lutherans as the first step to the Lutheran church’s acceptance and existence.
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