Great Stuff — Protecting Your Ministry: Synod provides legal guide amid increased intrusions

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Over the past year, as legal changes and pressures have increased, many have been asking and waiting for help and guidance from The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod as our congregations, schools and ministries navigate tumultuous waters.

The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is a valued friend of the Synod. At the recent Synod convention, we overwhelmingly passed Res. 14-10A “To Thank Alliance Defending Freedom” for their collaborative partnership with us. We are now proud to collaborate with them in the publication of this booklet.

Download Protecting your Ministry

Download Protecting your Ministry

Protecting Your Ministry (From Sexual Orientation Gender Identity Lawsuits) is a legal guide for LCMS congregations, schools and ministries. Please read through this entire booklet carefully to understand the full scope of the issues and how you can protect various ministries.

Now is not the time for compromise. It’s time once again for a Reformation. “Here I stand.” By holding to our core biblical convictions, fighting for our God-given rights of conscience and fighting against government intrusion into the church and the lives of Christians, we stand firm not only for our church and those who shall follow us; we take a stand for the First Amendment religious liberty for all people.

Our prayer is this resource will help you deal with a variety of legal challenges facing churches, religious nonprofits and believers today. Additional information can be found at and

“Take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded” (2 Chron. 15:7).

About Norm Fisher

Norm was raised in the UCC in Connecticut, and like many fell away from the church after high school. With this background he saw it primarily as a service organization. On the miracle of his first child he came back to the church. On moving to Texas a few years later he found a home in Lutheranism when he was invited to a confessional church a half-hour away by our new neighbors.

He is one of those people who found a like mind in computers while in Middle School and has been programming ever since. He's responsible for many websites, including the Book of Concord,, and several other sites.

He has served the church in various positions, including financial secretary, sunday school teacher, elder, PTF board member, and choir member.

More of his work can be found at


Great Stuff — Protecting Your Ministry: Synod provides legal guide amid increased intrusions — 15 Comments

  1. Who wrote this guide? Who reviewed it before the LCMS logo was put on it?

    There is not one word describing as traitors those who have effectively committed treason in courts or the legislatures by their efforts to destroy the First Amendment.

    Nor is there a single encouragement for Christian individuals or congregations to offer imprecatory prayers to God beseeching Him to destroy the demonic plans of these traitors.

    “In lawyers we trust.”

  2. I confess that I don’t have the attention span to read this booklet. I am curious though how our church’s theologians apply Matthew 5:40 to our present situation.

  3. @Carl Vehse #1

    Nor is there a single encouragement for Christian individuals or congregations to offer imprecatory prayers to God beseeching Him to destroy the demonic plans of these traitors.

    I wouldn’t expect your first suggestion on
    But I should think Christians would be offering prayers w/o encouragement, though they may not use your exact terms.

  4. @Carl Vehse #1

    I never heard of imprecatory prayers before I came across “Carl Vehse” posts. Do you ever suggest any other prayers other than imprecatory prayers? Ever hear of “pray for your enemies”?

  5. @Lifelong Lutheran #4

    If you really are a “Lifelong Lutheran,” then you should know that Lutherans, in their confirmation or in their ordination, publicly profess their quia subscription to the doctrine of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, as it is contained in Holy Scripture and exposited in the Book of Concord, including the Large Catechism, which states in its explanation of the first three petitions of the Lord’s Prayer:

    For as His name must be hallowed and His kingdom come without our prayer, so also His will must be done and succeed, although the devil with all his adherents raise a great tumult, are angry and rage against it, and undertake to exterminate the Gospel utterly. But for our own sakes we must pray that even against their fury His will be done without hindrance also among us, that they may not be able to accomplish anything and we remain firm against all violence and persecution, and submit to such will of God.

    Such prayer, then, is to be our protection and defense now, is to repel and put down all that the devil, Pope, bishops, tyrants, and heretics can do against our Gospel. Let them all rage and attempt their utmost, and deliberate and resolve how they may suppress and exterminate us, that their will and counsel may prevail: over and against this one or two Christians with this petition alone shall be our wall against which they shall run and dash themselves to pieces. This consolation and confidence we have, that the will and purpose of the devil and of all our enemies shall and must fail and come to naught, however proud, secure, and powerful they know themselves to be. For if their will were not broken and hindered, the kingdom of God could not abide on earth nor His name be hallowed.

    Elsewhere Martin Luther writes:

    “No one can pray the Lord’s Prayer correctly without cursing. For when he prays: ‘Hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done,’ he must put all the opposition to this on one pile and say: ‘Curses, maledictions, and disgrace upon every other name and every other kingdom! May they be ruined and torn apart, and may all their schemes and wisdom and plans run aground’.” (Luther’s Works 21, 101)

    Luther also explains about imprecatory prayers:

    “We should pray that our enemies be converted and become our friends and, if not, that their doing and designing be bound to fail and have no success and that their persons perish rather than the Gospel and the kingdom of Christ” (Luther’s Works, 21, 1000).

    LMMV (Lufauxran Mileage May Vary)

  6. @Lifelong Lutheran #4

    In addition to “Carl’s” advice, I assume that you, as a Lifelong Lutheran, have read the Psalms. It would be helpful, in this context, to re-read Psalms 5, 10, 17, 35, 58, 59, 69, 70, 79, 83, 109, 129, 137, and 140 (the Imprecatory Psalms). I’m sure you’ll better understand what “Carl” is saying after reading them.

  7. @Lifelong Lutheran #4

    Also, Lifelong Lutheran, you wrote, “Ever hear of ‘pray for your enemies’?”

    Jesus prayed for his enemies, loved and loves them, yet is still going to cast them into eternal fire at the Last Day. Love and judgment aren’t mutually exclusive.

  8. But then someone will say, “What about Matthew 5:44 and Ephesians 6:12?”
    Is this a dichotomy? Is the apparent disconnect do to a change with the New Covenant? I think of all people, Luther would have noodled that out.

  9. @Rev. Robert Fischer (Emeritus) #7
    “Love and judgment aren’t mutually exclusive.” But some people never talk about love, only judgment.(such as C.V. on blogs) Also, we’re not Jesus so we need to be a little more careful about the judgment part because our judgment is not always perfect .

  10. @Lifelong Lutheran #9: “But some people never talk about love, only judgment.(such as C.V. on blogs)”

    There’s also the judgmental person who wrote:

    Anyone who has read this site for a while would agree that Carl Vehse only posts about the Law and rules of the church and who should be disciplined,etc. He comes off as a very negative,unhappy person.

    I see your point, but don’t judge the whole LCMS by this website, and especially by “Carl Vehse”. He’s a wingnut!!

    And not just judgmental about me, but that same person also wrote:

    Pastor Scheer, I don’t disagree with your article but writing same sex couple “homes” with homes in quotation marks in unnecessariy insulting.

    @Pastor Tim Rossow #16
    I just don’t get, Pasor Rossow, why you are sounding so judgmental of John Rixes’s church just because they use some contemporary Lutheran liturgy.

    To Randy and Tim Wood: Do you ever worry that you are getting overly obsessed with uncovering all the things wrong with the LCMS?

    Pastor Rossow, this Nicholas person is aggressively rude and is taking over your website. That’s just how it looks to me.

    Some of you guys are so negative and insulting. If you think that all people who don’t go to church “hate the Gospel and hate Jesus”, you are wrong. A lot of people who are Christian don’t go to church because they feel uncomfortable there…. I am quite shocked to learn how judgmental and hateful Lutheran pastors can be towards other people.

    This website is like watching a car crash. It’s horrible but you can’t look away.:-)

  11. @Carl Vehse #10
    Picking a few comments out of 6 years of following this blog – very nice. Also, those are taken out of context. You don’t see what I was replying to. And I never advocated imprecatory prayers against those I disagreed with.

  12. @Lifelong Lutheran #11

    The quotes were not taken out of context. But they do show someone with a pattern of being judgmental about people she sees as judgmental.

    And I never advocated imprecatory prayers against those I disagreed with.

    In the provided excerpts, Martin Luther explained the purpose and reasons when Christians, and especially Lutherans, should offer imprecatory prayers to God.

    LMMV (Lufauxran Mileage May Very)

  13. I had to laugh. The document states, “The result of this marriage union, when it is God’s will, is the conception and birth of a child.”

    So, it is God’s will that a husband and wife intentionally thwart His will, by violating his sacred commandment to “be fruitful and multiply”, by using contraception?

    Seems to be a confusion of wills to me.

    The current LCMS wants to feel like it is faithful to God’s Word, but also wants to make room for disobeying God’s Word, when it comes to the procreative mandate.

    God will not bless this. At all.

  14. @Robert #13

    Oh, c’mon now… let’s not try to take the LCMS back to the early 20th century, when most everyone in the Christian world agreed together against Margaret Sanger and the Eugenics Movement… when the pews were full of children from fruitful families, and most Confessional Lutherans had a fundamental unity with each other in the Scriptures and the Confessions. That’s just crazy talk.

  15. @Robert #13

    Where does it say anything about contraception?

    I read it to mean that sometimes a married couple are unable to conceive and have children, and that can also be God’s will.

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