Here are two last-minute overtures that were submitted by Pastor Martin Noland at the request of some of his friends. There isn’t much time left to get these passed by your church or circuit, but we wanted to get them out there just in case. They have been submitted in the forum where they were passed.
Whereas, Article VI CONDITIONS OF MEMBERSHIP in the Synod, paragraph 2. provides for:
“Renunciation of unionism and syncretism of every description, such as:
a. Serving congregations of mixed confession, as such, by ministers of the church.
b. Taking part in the services and sacramental rites of heterodox congregations or of congregations of mixed confession.
c. Participating in heterodox tract and missionary activities.”
Whereas, Despite Article VI of the Constitution of the Synod and the affirmation before God of all ordained and rostered clergymen of the Synod to uphold the Constitution and Bylaws of the Synod there continue to breaches of Article VI aforesaid, sometimes in highly visible settings where human emotions are high and grieving; and
Whereas, Uniting with erring Christians let alone unbelievers and worshipers of false Gods is sin pure and simple against the First Commandment and destructive of the One True Faith we in Synod openly confess in an ever increasing secular nation; therefore, be it
Resolved, That the Synod insert in its bylaws a provision that before any member of the Synod (congregation, pastor or professional church worker) participate in any service having any earmark suggesting unionism or syncretism consult with and obtain the prior approval of the District President where membership is held with the District President to forthwith upon being so contacted, contact the President of the Synod and secure his approval as well so the Synod may give a clear confession of the One True Faith in the Triune God and be a Synod so united rather than divided.