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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