“Lutheran CORE” Group of ELCA Congregations Renounce the Sexuality Vote, by Pr. Rossow

A group of congregations in the ELCA called Lutheran Core have renounced the recent decision of the ELCA to allow gay marriage and gay clergy. Click here  for the pdf file of their press release. They will be meeting in Indianapolis on September 25-26 to discuss their next steps. They are already recommending that CORE congregations cease giving offerings to the ELCA.

Confessional Lutherans should not get too excited about this group and their work however since they deny the inerrancy of the Bible. We are glad they are going to battle against  the ELCA but until they commit to the complete truth of the Scriptures they are only shooting blanks. For instance, the congregation that is hosting their conference next month has a woman pastor, contemporary worship and contemplative prayer.

Lutheranism is getting shook up. What will it look like in another generation? We may need a realignment of Lutherans in order to establish a truly confessional, liturgical, Biblical synod. Certainly there are some ELCA congregations that would fit this bill? There are certainly numerous WELS, ELS, LCMS and congregations from other small Lutheran bodies that  would qualify. For now, we hope that the LCMS will gain strength and faithfulness by a change at the top with the election of Matt Harrison. In the meantime the Brothers of John need to remain steadfast in the face of this disturbing news from the ELCA and also pray that the Lord use the “Lutheran CORE” group for the cause of confessional Lutheranism and that this group  would see the importance of returning to the core belief in the inerrancy of the Word.

About Pastor Tim Rossow

Rev. Dr. Timothy Rossow is the Director of Development for Lutherans in Africa. He served Bethany Lutheran Church in Naperville, IL as the Sr. Pastor for 22 years (1994-2016) and was Sr. Pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran in Dearborn, MI prior to that. He is the founder of Brothers of John the Steadfast but handed off the Sr. Editor position to Rev. Joshua Scheer in 2015. He currently resides in Ocean Shores WA with his wife Phyllis. He regularly teaches in Africa. He also paints watercolors, reads philosophy and golfs. He is currently represented in two art galleries in the Pacific Northwest. His M Div is from Concordia, St. Louis and he has an MA in philosophy from St. Louis University and a D Min from Concordia, Fort Wayne.


“Lutheran CORE” Group of ELCA Congregations Renounce the Sexuality Vote, by Pr. Rossow — 4 Comments

  1. Morality comes from the law written within the heart. This group does not exhibit confessional theological understanding. The WordAlone group also is thoroughly infected with Pietism and the charismatic movement and feminism, even though some the LCMS get excited about WordAlone.

  2. I went to the congregational website and peeked at the staff. The female ‘pastor’ is the pastor for “maturity and ministry” and yet looks like she is in her late 20’s!!

    Other then that, I totally agree with Pastor Frahm. And, I am sure he sees some of the same in the district of his location.

  3. A question.

    What do you think of the early church, where it is clear that women ministered to the assembly?

  4. Junior,

    I am not sure what you are referring to. What do you mean by “minister?” Paul makes it clear in his letters that women are not to address the assembly.


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