Lest Anyone Thinks LCMS’ers Hate Homosexuals…, by Pr. Rossow

Brother Johannes, a frequent commenter on this site,  has left us a timely tip on the post about the ELCA and homosexuality (see comment #67). We are rightly concerned and even shocked that that the ELCA has violated the truth of God’s word by allowing practicing homosexuals to serve as ordained clergy in their denomination but that shock is not our only word on homosexuality. Johannes has referred us to a 1999 CTCR study that instructs Christians on how to minister to homosexuals and it is anything but hateful.

You can view the pdf here.

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.


Lest Anyone Thinks LCMS’ers Hate Homosexuals…, by Pr. Rossow — 12 Comments

  1. Doesn’t really matter if we say we don’t hate homosexuals. For the gay rights movement, if you don’t accept, affirm, & celebrate a person’s gayness, then ipso facto you hate them, no matter what you may say or do. I’ve seen this quite enough on the blogosphere. If you question or argue against, even in the tiniest or most tangential way, homosexuality or anything the gay rights movement wants, like same sex marriage, then you are automatically a homophobe & you should either shut up or else admit you hate them & repent of it. And then the only hope for you is to affirm, accept, & celebrate their gayness & approve of anything they want to do.

  2. This might also be a good opportunity to revisit Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s distinction between “cheap grace” and “costly grace.” For Bonhoeffer, cheap grace justifies the sin (homosexuality, divorce, greed, slander, don’t worry, Jesus died to justify these things.) In my opinion that’s what we see in ELCA and the mainline liberal denominations. Unfortunately in the “conservative” lifestyle-based Neo-Evangelical crowd we see Christians that seem convinced that their behavior is right and proper in itself, and as Lutherans we can’t go there either. Costly grace justifies real sinners. Under costly grace sin is still sin, and we, as sinners, are all under its condemnation, but Jesus died to justify sinners like us. The active proponents of sexual diversity aren’t likely to embrace the concept of costly grace, but I think it’s our duty as forgiven sinners to proclaim it in a way they understand anyway.
    I’ll also chuck this out on the ice: with the more or less general acceptance of human evolution we’ve lost a cultural understanding of the fall. For a lot of folks out there “natural”=”good.” If God created us as we are, then the homosexuals are free to claim that God created them homosexual, but if we are not as God created mankind to be, if we are fallen in our nature, then they are in the same boat as the rest of us, poor miserable sinners from our conception, and the proper recipients of Our Lord’s costly grace.
    Pax Christi+,
    -Matt Mills

  3. @Matthew Mills #3
    …”if we are not as God created mankind to be, if we are fallen in our nature, then they are in the same boat as the rest of us, poor miserable sinners from our conception, and the proper recipients of Our Lord’s costly grace. Pax Christi+”, –Matt Mills

    “Heteros” have made other lifestyles harder to argue against by their own failures. Say that a homo lifestyle is promiscuous and you will be pointed to the number of divorces and remarriages among straight couples… (even in the clergy, in this generation).

    [One argument for gay ‘marriage’ was “so we can have equal access to the divorce courts” !]

  4. George,

    I am glad you reminded me about Andrew’s comment. It was stellar and worthy of a post. I will try to do that in the next day or so. Thanks Andrew for being willing to share.


  5. @helen #4

    Went to a sci-fi convention sometime ago and there was a panel on polyamory. The thesis was that heterosexual (and homosexual) monogamy sets the stage for unrealistic expectations for “trwe luv” and that explained in part why there are multiple divorces, broken commitments and “serial monogamy” issues.

    Similarly, I encountered an advice column in which he suggested that monogamy is unnatural. Which brings me to this:

    At Facebook, I proposed that Christianity itself is unnatural– with the caveat that “unnatural” must not have a negative value to it. After all, we fly on planes, we take synthetic medicines, we employ artificial limbs, etc. I even work on computer matters that are not animal, vegetable, or mineral! I dare say [at the risk of Gnosticism] that we can acknowledge the material world […and God called it good]…and then go beyond what is deemed natural by other civilizations. We are called to acknowledge the supernatural– which means that we, as a community, adopt what God prescribed IRT relationships: opposite sex monogamy.

    Friendly comments and suggestions are welcome. I’m trying to throw out some coherent thoughts on relationships.

  6. AS WITH ALL sin homosexuality is both irrational and destructuive and often encased in a hard shell of pathological denial.

  7. @Carol Rutz #6

    “Similarly, I encountered an advice column in which he suggested that monogamy is unnatural.”


    Nowadays men who only have one female partner ever actually have about 15% more kids on average than men who have two or more partners in their lives. So just from simple biology, the one partner men are the “natural” winners so to speak.

  8. FYI:

    Pastor: LCMS Failed a Big Test of Faith – Still Yoked with Apostate ELCA


    MEDIA ADVISORY, July 28 /Christian Newswire/ — The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod- LCMS- had its national convention in July, completely re-structuring the organization, electing Biblically confessional leaders to most of its national posts, and re-affirming its commitment to mission in a weary world.

    But the denomination of nearly 3 million members failed its greatest test this year, following behind denominations all over the world that have condemned the departure of the American Mainline and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America from biblical orthodoxy, only to retreat into empty statements…

  9. @Robert #10
    Yes. Well,
    LCMS should have broken off joint “cooperation” when e_ca began ordaining women.
    Or it might have gotten more than “tut tut” a year ago.

    Some of the relief efforts… “cooperation in externals” … are arranged for with foreign governments. Dropping them with no notice may make us feel righteous, but what will it do for the recipients of needed aid?

    There is opportunity, as the morass of the “restructuring” is worked through, to finish joint projects we started in some places, but start independently in future. At least, that is what I would like to see happen.

    We are not obligated to operate on the timetable of a generic Christian organization.

  10. @George Naylor #1 But it DOES matter George!! What if gays were the majority and took your view about gays against you as straight? Would you not stand up and raise your voice to let people know you deserve equal rights too? Sure you would – you might lead the pack or shout it from every mountain top.

    It matters for the ONE life lost from a suicide by a gay teenager, it matters for the ONE life lost from a brutal beating of a gay young man on a country road in Wyoming. Let me turn the tables and take you a straight man out on a back country road and beat you to death and tie you to a fence and leave you there to die JUST because you are straight different from the rest…or what if we did that because you had blonde hair and blue eyes….your family and loved ones would be on every major television network to protest this demanding justice.

    It matters that if you profess to be American and believe in our constitution that ALL are created equal then either you DO need to accept and offer ALL americans equal rights OR in my view you are not American and should not be afforded the very freedoms that come with being American – that alone should wake people up about how we live out our constitution.

    There’s no need to celebrate a gay person we have our own ways to do that ourselves thank you but for sure accept them as human beings as they do deserve legal equal rights. We limited the rights of black people for years – why? Because of the color of their skin. The collective “we” gained nothing in doing so and if anything created multi-generational issues way beyond anyone’s expectations. Have we not learned from that? No we have not because we continue to limit people’s freedom’s and that is flat out wrong.

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