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Two Kingdoms doctrine, who needs that?

October 16th, 2012 33 comments

“With all the crucial issues in the world like gay marriage and Obama all you preach about is Baptism and Communion.” This was a comment made to a pastor friend of mine.  Needless to say this person left his church for a nearby AFLC church.  Maybe it’s just a problem we have here in the Illinois district of the AFLC, where the doctrine of the two kingdoms has yet to be discovered, but there seems to be more interest in politics and less the Word of God.  I know that Pulpit Freedom Sunday was two weeks ago, (as Lutherans we   More…

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What is Suomen Luther-Säätiö?

August 17th, 2012 3 comments

What is Suomen Luther-Säätiö? Suomen Luther-Säätiö, or Luther Foundation-Finland in English, is a church body of 26 worshipping communities (koinonia’s).  This confessional Lutheran church body exists because the Lutheran Church of Finland has fallen for liberal theology in both doctrine and in practice.  Sadly, the LCF ignores the authority of Scripture and instead listens to the culture of the day.  Thus, the LCF allows for both women’s and homosexual ordination.  Those pastors who refused to acknowledge such ordinations were punished for their disobedience.  (For more information regarding recent persecution among confessional Lutheran pastors in Scandinavia see this website). Out of   More…

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Steadfast AFLC — AFLC 101

The Association of Free Lutheran Congregations (AFLC) last week celebrated their 50th Anniversary. This is the church body to which I belong.  Some people when they see the acronym, AFLC, think of that duck from that insurance company.  That’s AFLAC.  The AFLC began in 1962 when representatives from 70 Lutheran Free Church congregations met.  These people opposed the merger into the American Lutheran Church.  In hindsight, this was incredibly wise because less than thirty years later the ALC would join the Lutheran Church of America and Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches to form the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.  The   More…

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