Encouragement to Hold on to the Truth by an ELCA Member Making His Way Back to Missouri

Editor’s Note: Here is a comment that was added early this morning to a post from last August.

December 2nd, 2009 at 00:34 | #61
I was baptized and confirmed in the LC-MS. We left. Years ago our AELC church and others were assured the LCA liberals would not out vote the moderates of the AELC and ALC. BUT IT HAPPENED! I am shocked and appaled (as well as embaressed). I surmize I will return to the LC-MS sooner than later. Sin is sin and calling it natural or normal or alternative does NOT change that. I still love the LUTHERAN CHURCH-MISSOURI SYNOD! I remember some from the Lutheran Church in America refering to the LCMS as “the big bad Missouri Synod.” Keep holding on to the Truth. I’ve visited my old church over the years and Immanuel Lutheran is sorta like going home. Probably home again. (James Mott)

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.


Encouragement to Hold on to the Truth by an ELCA Member Making His Way Back to Missouri — 4 Comments

  1. I had always thought that it was the AELC who called us the big bad Missouri Synod. After all, the liberal (not moderate) AELC were the “missional” congregations who supported Seminex, stormed out of the LCMS, ordained female pastors, spurred on the formation of the ELCA and ultimately caused many of the problems today. I would hope that any sudden changes of heart in former AELC members of the ELCA after 35+ years will include repentance and some serious catechesis, not nostalgia or a rebound from only the latest of many violations of Scripture over the years.

  2. At least it’s a step in the right direction, to be encouraged, with, as you say, proper
    catechesis. I would hope that includes an awareness of the problems within LCMS today,
    as well. The Mo. Synod I was born into, grew up in, and learned to love, is nearly dead.
    I am hoping that the positive signs I see are those of recovery and not RIGOR MORTIS.

  3. I am fairly new to the Lutheran religion Missouri synod but I don’t understand why there are such different beliefs between the synods and why there are synods. I would think that there should be just one Lutheran religion and one set of beliefs then I would not be embarassed by what I hear on national news about changes that one synod made but the national news lumps us altogether as Lutherans.

  4. @ #3
    Unfortunately, what should be be and what is when it comes to the Lutheran faith (and any other religious group) isn’t always the same. The simplistic answer to your question of “why ” is that certain groups decades ago decided that taking the Bible as the literal, revealed, inerrant and true word of God didn’t fit into their worldview. As the ELCA says on its website, they believe the Bible contains the Word of God–not that it is the word of God. And when a book only contains the Word of God, it’s left to the readers to determine (read: pick and choose) which is that Word of God. This led to the chaos and divergent doctrines and teachings of the Lutheran denominations. Where there is such blatant disregard for the Truth of God’s Word there can be no fellowship, and the unity of the Church is broken. Though Lutherans come from the same historical and doctrinal background, some have left it in the past to satisfy their craving for sin. They only kept the name Lutheran. (And please understand, Missouri isn’t blameless or perfect; we just haven’t gone as far down the path as the ELCA.)

    As for the media lumping all Lutherans together…there might be some small comfort in the fact that all denominations face such lumping between branches and even all those claiming to be Christian are lumped together. The hopes of a worldly media getting such important distinctions right are slim to none.

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