|Jesus Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Cieszyn|
The story of Lutheranism in Silesia (parts of Poland, Czech Republic, and Slovakia) is that of Lutheranism under the cross. The Lutheran Reformation reached Silesia by the mid-1520s. Kasper Schwenkfeld helped introduce the Reformation to Silesia, but soon the Reformation teaching was lost -- even to the point of rejecting the doctrine of Justification. Others taught Lutheranism faithfully in Silesia. In 1540, Waclaw III Adam accepted the teachings of Luther. His entire Duchy was Lutheran. Until the 30 years war Silesia was a Lutheran territory. Waclaw III Adam's son forsook his father's Lutheran confession and became Roman Catholic. The Lutherans had their churches taken away in 1654. For 55 year Lutherans worshiped secretly in the forests.
|Commemoration of the Lutherans who had to worship in the forests|
Pastor Jerzy Trzanowski (1592-1637) has been called the "Martin Luther" to the Slavic people, taught, preached and produced a Lutheran hymnal that was used for 300 years.
|Jerzy Trzanowski (1592-1637)|
Pastor Marek Rican talks about Jerzy Trzanowski
In 1709, the foundation for Jesus Church was laid in Cieszyn. The church was completed in 1750.
|The pulpit is in the center of the church|
|The baptism font is shaped like a chalice|
|Plaque to Pastor Karol Kulisz (1873-1940)|
The Silesian Lutheran Church has faced many hardships. It is conservative in that it holds to the Scriptures and has resisted higher criticism. In the late 1958s, the Silesian Lutheran Church ordained its first female clergyman; however, generally speaking there are very few female pastors. The recent decisions of the ELCA and the LWF have caused these churches to move in a more historic position.