New Confessional Diocese Born in Finland, by Pr. Rossow

The Rev. Tapani Simojoki has heart-warming news to report from Finland. A conservative Lutheran diocese has been born in Finland. It grew out of but is independent of  the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland (the state sponsored liberal church). Rev. Simijoki, a pastor in the confessional Evangelical Lutheran Church of England reports this on his blog Simonpatamos.

According to Simojoki’s translation of the official press release from the new diocese (in Finnish and on their website), the group’s history goes back to 1999 when conservative Finns grew tired of the liberal ways of the official church body and began to organize.

It is great news to hear that conservative, confessional and liturgical Lutheranism is growing around the globe. It is alive in places like England, Madagascar, Sudan, Finland, and even in a noticeable part of the LCMS.

Reading Simojoki’s outline of the church’s structure demonstrates how a delicate balance can be struck between a bishop’s oversight and the independence of the local parish.

The new church is clearly confessional. It is committed to doctrine and practice that is in accord with Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions. It is unclear from the summary statement if the diocese holds an unequivocal commitment to the inerrancy of Scriptures, which we in the LCMS have found to be a true litmus test of a denomination’s ability to uphold true doctrine. Of course, we have also seen that such a test does not guarantee that practice will follow doctrine.

We do not put our trust in numbers, but it is certainly encouraging to hear that there is at least a pocket of true Lutheranism in Finland and in various other parts of the world. Thanks for bringing us this good news about the Good News Rev. Simojoki.

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.

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New Confessional Diocese Born in Finland, by Pr. Rossow — 12 Comments

  1. the inerrancy of Scriptures, which we in the LCMS have found to be a true litmus test of a denomination’s ability to uphold true doctrine.

    I don’t know, there’s a lot of heterodox church bodies who hold to inerrancy.

  2. Good point Miguel. What I meant to say is that we have found it a helpful way to sniff out churches that will eventually turn liberal. It does not keep out Methobapticostal CoWo theology.

  3. Yes, there certainly are many heterodox bodies which hold to inerrancy–I recently resigned from the Clergy Roster of a Lutheran body in which a congregation inquired of the body’s President whether it is necessary to accept the Augsburg Confession “to be a Lutheran congregation.” Shockingly the President wrote that such acceptance is NOT required but that the congregation IS Lutheran because it had “been Lutheran” for many years (one colleague sagely noted that the parishoner he had buried the day before HAD BEEN alive for many years . . . ) and because it held to inerrancy (so do most Baptists, etc.).

    I believe that Pr. Rossow means that WITHOUT inerrancy it is impossible to uphold true doctrine.

  4. Hopefully this new Finnish diocese does affirm Scriptural inerrancy and will add it to their official statements.

    According to Pr. Jordan Cooper, the North American Lutheran Church (NALC), forbids the teaching of inerrancy in their churches and forbids teaching against female clergy: http://justandsinner.blogspot.com/2013/01/alphabet-soup-lutheranism-in-america.html

    Pr. Cooper was told this by their representative over the phone.

    The NALC is simply a splinter of the ELCA and separated only over the homosexuality issue. It seems that all NALC has done is set back the apostasy clock.

    This is why it is always important to find out exactly where everyone stands.

  5. I think the primary concerns should be that the Finnish diocese affirms the inspiration and authority of Scripture. That and a quia subscription ought to do it. I think we have more to fear from a quatenus subscription than we do from that small segment of people who can accept the inspiration and authority of scripture but have a hard time accepting an 8 page definition of what constitutes an err.

  6. let the same happen in our LCMS—–w/o cowardly pastors and leaders much like Holy Week’s betrayal and runaways from THE TRUTH Thank the Savior for men and families who stand up for HIM whatever the cost

  7. are we all ready to stand for HIS truth and sacrifice all? many have made the promise as leaders and pastors to defend doctrine and practice only to bail on the faithful pastors and members and their dear families.Is it about our stuff we must have at the expense of the faithful with real spine. My family from Germany built a big beautiful LCMS church only to see it given over to Satan and false doctrine and practice–and the LCMS knew all and does not do a thing to clean it up-It is now a Baptist/Pentecostal/Liberation church—as we pray with broken hearts———–LCMS you have helped to ruin our Lutheran church with all of your tolerance -and we are not to protest??????

  8. Nicholas :
    Hopefully this new Finnish diocese does affirm Scriptural inerrancy and will add it to their official statements.
    According to Pr. Jordan Cooper, the North American Lutheran Church (NALC), forbids the teaching of inerrancy in their churches and forbids teaching against female clergy: http://justandsinner.blogspot.com/2013/01/alphabet-soup-lutheranism-in-america.html
    Pr. Cooper was told this by their representative over the phone.
    The NALC is simply a splinter of the ELCA and separated only over the homosexuality issue. It seems that all NALC has done is set back the apostasy clock.
    This is why it is always important to find out exactly where everyone stands.

    Typical. The 5th commandment is negotiable, but women’s ordination is not. LOL.

  9. As a former seminary classmate of Rev. Simojoki, I rejoice at this news. Good to hear how the confession of the faith will be much clearer in Finland.

    In Christ,
    Rev. Robert Mayes
    Beemer, NE

  10. why have districts and synod when there is just advisory status and no defense of Christ and truth when laity is supreme and churches and pastors and faithful members are betrayed and ignored by many leaders who just push paper-cannot fool the Lord

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