Lent: A Protestant Perspective

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As members of the Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Anglican branches of the universal Church observe the season of Lent, Christians in other branches of the universal Church may be wondering what Lent is about and if they, too, should observe it.

Such matters are explained by Protestant pastor Blake Altman in a blog post that he wrote for the members of his congregation.

Rev. Altman writes, “There are good times to practice fasting and confession of sin. Lent provides such a time if it can be used as a tool not a rule for your sanctification.”

He adds, “Still — again, though not commanded — Lenten practices can be a wonderful tool for renewal when it is leads us through a season of personal or corporate confession of sin and repentance. As the season of Advent engenders our hope for Christ’s return and Christmastide is a celebration of the Incarnation, so also Lent can prepare us to celebrate his resurrection in humble contrition, confession and repentance leading up to Easter morning.”

So, Lent can be observed by any saved Heaven-bound Christians if done so properly, including those who are Protestants.

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  • yetanotherjohn

    Did you know that ashes were used as a cleaning agent?
    That ashes were used as a sign of mourning?
    That ashes were also a symbol of renewal?
    That giving up something for lent can be used as a means of reducing the influence of the world on you and a focus for being more filled with the Holy Spirit? Especially if what you give up is not something that you will binge on after lent but rather you give up something that is hindering your relationship or service to God and have lent the start of giving it up for good.
    Lot’s of wonderful possibilities in lent.