Lutheran Hour Ministries and Concordia Chicago Welcome member of the German Union Church to kick off festivities for the Reformation’s 500th Anniversary.
In an E-mail invitation sent by Lutheran Hour Ministries (LHM) pastors have been invited to a special reception on the campus of Concordia University – Chicago (CUC) by Christine Lieberknecht, the Minister-President of the Free State of Thuringia, in preparation for the “500th Anniversary of the Great Lutheran Reformation.” (click on the invitation to see it larger)
My first reaction was why would a German politician be speaking on this topic? Further investigation reveals this woman was a pastor in the EKD before entering politics. The EKD is basically the union church in Germany where there is altar and pulpit fellowship between Lutheran and Reformed. In other words this is the old Prussian Union that Walther and others fled from to preserve the true teaching of the Gospel that the Reformation stood for.
One has to wonder if LHM and CUC could not have found someone better to kick off the celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation than a Union Church clergy person turned politician. One would hope that they would see this anniversary as an opportunity to proclaim the message of the Reformation; not to promote those who seek to water it down.
Pastor Roger Gallup
Bethlehem Lutheran Church
River Grove, IL