2010 LCMS Convention Resolution 3-02

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To Support Confessional Lutheranism at Home and Abroad
RESOLUTION 3-02 (starting at line 50)

Overture 3-14 (CW, p. 169)

WHEREAS, The decisions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) at its August 2009 Churchwide Assembly in Minneapolis regarding homosexual relationships are contrary to Scripture and 2000 years of Christian teaching, and to confessional Lutheranism in particular; and

WHEREAS, Many congregations and individuals have withdrawn from or are considering withdrawal from affiliation with or membership in the ELCA and consider their decision necessitated by conscience, Holy Scripture, and right reason; and

WHEREAS, For the sake of good order and in furtherance of the clear proclamation of the Gospel of Christ, many of these same congregations and individuals have organized themselves into groups such as Word Alone, Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC), Lutheran CORE, etc.; and

WHEREAS, Individual and congregational contacts from the ELCA with LCMS congregations and officials have increased significantly since August 2009; and

WHEREAS, This decision by the ELCA has also grieved Lutherans and upset inter-church relations among confessional Lutheran church bodies outside the United States; and

WHEREAS, While this state of disruption and uncertainty among confessional Lutherans threatens to hinder the proclamation of the Gospel, it also calls us to confess our faith anew; and

WHEREAS, The LCMS, while not encouraging discord in the ELCA, nevertheless cannot turn away from those who dissent from the ELCA, lest we deny our own convictions; and

WHEREAS, The LCMS has been encouraged to provide leadership and support to emerging and formative Lutheran church bodies; therefore be it

Resolved, That the LCMS earnestly pray for her brothers and sisters in the ELCA, including those who have departed from this biblical and Christian understanding, asking that the ELCA would reconsider—even now—its actions; and be it further

Resolved, That the LCMS provide encouragement to other Lutheran church bodies as they strive to remain faithful to confessional Lutheranism; and be it further

Resolved, That the LCMS commend groups such as Word Alone, Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC), Lutheran CORE, and others for their courage and faithfulness in maintaining their confessional identity by opposing the ELCA’s recent decision; and be it further

Resolved, That the LCMS commend efforts such as the Commission on Theology and Church Relations (CTCR)-sponsored Confessional Leadership Conference (June 2010) which gathered Lutheran leaders from around the world for the purpose of promoting confessional Lutheranism; and be it further

Resolved, That the CTCR be requested to continue to develop plans for confessional leadership (cf. 2007 Res. 3-03) by sponsoring an international model theological conference on confessional leadership in the 21st century; and be it finally

Resolved, That the LCMS through the Office of the President and the CTCR continue exploring ways together with the ILC to bring together Lutherans for the purpose of promoting confessional Lutheranism throughout the world.

About Norm Fisher

Norm was raised in the UCC in Connecticut, and like many fell away from the church after high school. With this background he saw it primarily as a service organization. On the miracle of his first child he came back to the church. On moving to Texas a few years later he found a home in Lutheranism when he was invited to a confessional church a half-hour away by our new neighbors.

He is one of those people who found a like mind in computers while in Middle School and has been programming ever since. He's responsible for many websites, including the Book of Concord, LCMSsermons.com, and several other sites.

He has served the church in various positions, including financial secretary, sunday school teacher, elder, PTF board member, and choir member.

More of his work can be found at KNFA.net.

Comments

2010 LCMS Convention Resolution 3-02 — 5 Comments

  1. It’s the 3rd Resolved,

    That the LCMS commend groups such as Word Alone, Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC), Lutheran CORE, and others for their courage and faithfulness in maintaining their confessional identity by opposing the ELCA’s recent decision; and be it further,

    which makes the resolution’s title, “To Support Confessional Lutheranism at Home and Abroad” a an utter deception.

    This Resolved seeks to commend E_CA breakaway groups that still are heterodox in that they continue to falsely call and ordain females as pastors.

    Floor Committee 3 should be ashamed!

  2. Carl, agreed. Those that are leaving for CORE, LCMC, or NALC simply art turning back the clock 20 years with regards to their position on Scripture and the Confessions (rejecting the inspiration and inerrancy of Scripture and holding to a quatenus subscription to the Confessions, which since the former is completely undermined there is no norm that norms the norm of the Confessions). Thus they are beginning in a position of at best heterodoxy and at worst apostasy.

  3. “Resolved, That the LCMS commend groups such as Word Alone, Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC), Lutheran CORE, and others for their courage and faithfulness in maintaining their confessional identity by opposing the ELCA’s recent decision; and be it further”

    WHEREAS, For the sake of good order and in furtherance of the clear proclamation of the Gospel of Christ, many of these same congregations and individuals have organized themselves into groups such as Word Alone, Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC), Lutheran CORE,

    I think I smell a rat here in this Res and in the one ‘whereas and resolved, in so much as if the Convention approves of Res 3-02, it will have succeeded in redefining what is faithful Scriptural Proclamation and Confessionalism as ‘Levels of Fellowship’ and a thorough going ‘ Reductionism ‘ in the gospel at large.

    Should this transpire, Women’s Ordination and other Apostate teachings would ipso facto become the new confessionalism.

  4. There should be something we can do to commend these people and congregations for separating from the apostate ELCA without calling such groups “confessional.” They are to be commended for what they have rejected, and we should offer and be willing to help them have access to Scriptural materials, and perhaps some assistance, and certainly, encouragement, but it would be misleading and going too far to make the jump to label such groups as “confessional”, especially this early in the game. Let us pray that these groups will continue to reject more and more which does not square with Holy Scripture (such as women’s ordination, and a stand short of innerancy of Scripture).

  5. Just looking at your “No Pietists Allowed!” I began by saying, “Thank You!” for reminding us of the legalisms of the pietists. I come from that background, having grown up in the Lutheran Free Church.
    However, I would suggest being careful not to sound like “gloating” over enjoying cigars, cognac, etc. I wonder if such is God-pleasing. Remember St. Pau’s words, “Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.”
    Just a thought! [I serve St. Paul Lutheran (LCMS), Aberdeen, SD !

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