More on church loyalty (Mollie)

I’ve studied the differences between the Lutheran Confessions and other church body’s teaching enough to know that it’s highly unlikely I would ever convert to something else. Sometimes I play the game of asking myself what I’d do if there were no Lutheran churches left on earth but I can’t bear to play the game for too long.

But here’s an interesting story from Religion News Service that shows I’m in the minority:

Americans are more loyal to their toothpaste or toilet paper than to their religious denomination, making consumers more choosy about Charmin or Colgate than they are about church, according to a new survey.

According to a Phoenix-based research firm, 16 percent of Protestants say they would consider only one denomination, while 22 percent of them would use only one brand of toothpaste and 19 percent would use just one brand of bathroom tissue.

The story goes on to say that churchgoers don’t see much differentiation between Protestant denominations. Which forces the question of why some in our church body are trying so desperately to make the LCMS seem no different than, say, an evangelical non-denom church.


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More on church loyalty (Mollie) — 6 Comments

  1. Missiouri Synod is typically ten years behind the curve on every trend. Whatever discarded trend we pick up on we’re loathe to throw dirt on it even though everyone is telling us it is dead. And so some still think the direction to go is building nondescript protestant barns with trite names that fill our ears with banal music and our heads with fatuous lectures on living a better life now, because we falsely presume that is the latest.

    Even when Missouri congregations do find the cutting edge of American religiosity, they tend to stay there rather than ‘progress.’ The current trend is away from impersonal mega churches with mega budgets and a huge facilities to house churches, the so called emergent church. But will the leadership whose bread and butter is church growth give up their little towers of Babel for a ranch house on a cul de sac? I doubt it because much of what is sold as progress and change for the better is actually rebellion, contrariness and self indulgence in disguise.

  2. I too have studied the various statements of belief and confessional standards of numerous denominations in the Christian Church and the only Church’s where I really know I am forgiven by God through Christ are in Lutheran Church’s. There are no strings attached here and there is nothing I have to add to that except be extremely grateful for God’s grace. I can rest in that knowing that all the screw ups, sins and wanderings I have been guilty of cannot come back and bite me. This is all of our deepest need and one I cannot get enough of . This is what drives me back to Lutheran Church’s and which hopefully will make me loyal to it and its Christ until the day I die.

  3. We’ve studied enough to know that we wouldn’t ever WANT to leave Confessional Lutheranism. As a military family… we’ve had (more than once) to consider the possibility that we might not get to worship in a Lutheran Church (or receive communion) for a period of time – Thankfully we’ve been blessed with solid confessional churches when we’ve moved so far. Will be praying that that continues. Knowing that even if we don’t have an option for a confessional church we’ll always have the online community and shows like IE helps. Even if we can’t receive communion we’ll be hearing the word and sharpening the sword. It’s a question that our Lutheran friends in the military have had to deal with, most have wavered and worship where they feel good. It’s very saddening. I pray that God keeps us steadfast that when we’re faced with the decision we are able to stand firm.

  4. One of the more profound statements I’ve ever read: “…much of what is sold as progress and change for the better is actually rebellion, contrariness and self indulgence in disguise.” Thanks for that tidbit, Pastor; its the best description of “church and change” that I’ve ever read.

  5. Mollie,
    This is not surprising.

    With all the bad doctrine and practice we have been fed over the years we need a good toothpaste to get the taste out of our mouths!

    John

  6. Speaking of church loyalty, I stumbled across an interesting item today. It is the official Seal of the LCMS. You can find a graphic and explanation of the Seal at http://www.lcms.org/pages/internal.asp?NavID=11220.

    I was wondering if you could help me with the legalities in regard to use of this image in publications. The Seal is outstanding, IMO, and would make a much better statement on a congregation’s letterhead or newsletter banner than the current triple-cross logo.

    Also, I would love to do or see an article on the history of the use of this Seal. Now it is only used or “corporate, legal, and ceremonial purposes.” Was it ever employed by the synod as a letterhead, newsletter banner, etc.? If I, or anyone else, were to do such an article, would it be legal to publish the graphic?

    Thanks for any help you can give me.

    P.S. Hope your Dad is doing well. I wish we were not so far apart here in the RMD as I would love to have the regular fellowship of such a fine pastor.

    Rev. Kurt Hering, Pastor
    Layton, UT

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