More on the Little Old Ladies – Do the ELCA and the LCMS Teach the Same Thing About the Lord’s Supper? by Pr. Rossow

One of our readers asked a very good question over on the “Little Old Ladies Communion Post.” I thought it deserved its own post. Here is her question.

PR, I have a question. Does the ELCA view the Lord’s Supper differently than the LCMS? I moved from the LCA many years ago to the LCMS. The Catechism that we used when I was a teen was the same as that used by the LCMS, as far as I know. If these ladies were as old as you indicate, they were probably even quizzed by the church body as to their beliefs before being confirmed. Perhaps I am just a flaming liberal, but I’m not sure that it would have been an error to allow their communion.
I admire their peace of heart that led them to stay and hear the Word.
Please help me out here.

This question could easily generate a tome-sized answer. Here is my short answer. I look forward to our readers other questions and answers on this topic.

Yes the ELCA does teach far differently than the Scriptures on the Lord’s Supper. Let’s take one example – the most important one. For the most part, the ELCA has given up on the blood atonement. They replace it with a gospel of tolerance, peace and justice. Therefore, when Jesus says this is given for you for the remission of sins, they have a far different understanding of that. And of course, they have to – they no longer recognize what the Bible calls a sin (e.g. homosexuality). On this most fundamental level, they have given up the Lord’s Supper.

These two old ladies, to some extent or another, have been shaped by this anti-Christian teaching in the ELCA. They have the responsibility to separate themselves from such an apostatizing church and join themselves to an orthodox communion. Maybe this experience of rejection at the Lord’s table will wake them up. I hope so.

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.


More on the Little Old Ladies – Do the ELCA and the LCMS Teach the Same Thing About the Lord’s Supper? by Pr. Rossow — 52 Comments

  1. @Jane #50
    My reasons for leaving the LCMS for the ELCA were mostly doctrine/theology based. I pretty much agree with and support Bishop Hanson and the ELCA.

    Pretty general… but probably enough if I assume it includes the events of last summer.

    Thanks for not suggesting that I had psychological problems because I pursued the church I knew as a child (ALC) and in college (ELC) into LCMS, when the other two abandoned what they had taught me for 20+ years.

    It’s been done. ;\

  2. @ Helen 51- You’re not crazy at all! Thanks for not implying that I secretly slaughter chickens in my garage and use them in voodoo rituals! (the fact that I do that has nothing to do with my membership in the ELCA)

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