Jesus First, er… Congregations Matter supports the chartering of the Queer-Straight Alliance at Concordia Portland

Congregations Matter, already proven to be nothing more than a rebrand of the old Jesus First and Day Star movements of the 2000s has shown its colors again.  Their twitter account just tweeted support for President Schlimpert of Concordia, Portland, who announced January 19th that Concordia will now charter the Queer Straight Alliance and also enact several new policies to make safe spaces and other concessions to demands.  Here is a screenshot:

So, Congregations Matter believes it is appropriate to “Praise the Lord” for a Concordia University President approving the charter of a Queer Straight Alliance club with the stated goal of changing the view of Christian folks about behaviors and lifestyles traditionally condemned under the Sixth Commandment <note>.  Catch that?  Congregations Matter praise the Lord for actions which will lead to more people denying the plain meaning of the Sixth Commandment.  Which lord are they praising?

Congregations Matter has shown that God’s Commandments don’t matter to them both by their denial of the Sixth Commandment here and violation of the Second Commandment by attaching the name of the Lord to this activity.  If that is the case, then what do congregations really matter to them?

Romans 1:18–32 (ESV)

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. 24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. 26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. 28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. 29 They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32 Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.





The following is the language of the charter that was deemed questionable but is now fully acceptable.  These are the stated goals of the club that are now fully approved by Concordia Portland President Schlimpert:

“Raise awareness and change perceptions of Christian folks. We meant this as a way for LGBTQ and allied folks to see Christian folks under a more positive light than is often associated with the Christian identity period. Many folks (including LGBTQ folks) think that someone can’t be LGBTQ and Christian, or that Christian folks do not support LGBTQ folks. We want to change these perceptions and ensure that everyone is understood for their own values and identities.”

About Pastor Joshua Scheer

Pastor Joshua Scheer is the Senior Pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He is also the Editor-in-chief of Brothers of John the Steadfast. He oversees all of the work done by Steadfast Lutherans. He is a regular host of Concord Matters on KFUO. Pastor Scheer and his lovely wife Holly (who writes and manages the Katie Luther Sisters) have four children and enjoy living in Wyoming.


Jesus First, er… Congregations Matter supports the chartering of the Queer-Straight Alliance at Concordia Portland — 21 Comments

  1. Am I the only one to think it a little too colloquial to use the term, “folks” that many times in the language of a club charter? Recall who else uttered that word incessantly.

  2. The “Angel of Light” strikes again, with his trying to get Christians to worship a false Christ. Of course, Christ loves “LGBTIQCAPGNGFNBA” folks; He also loves pedophiles, liars, thieves, murderers, rapists, drug-dealers, and even lawyers and politicians, and He came to rescue them from what their unrepentant sins have earned them: eternal, fiery torment in a very real Hell. Not speaking against being identified by (and affirming one’s identity) in their sin is like not wanting to disturb some kids listening to loud music in their car with their windows rolled up that accidentally parked on train tracks when you can hear
    a train coming. Thanks for shouting a loud warning and for staying vigilant, Steadfast Brothers!

  3. Do we really mean it when we pray and sing these things in our churches?

    For they stumbled at that stumbling stone. As it is written:
    “Behold, I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and rock of offense,
    And whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” Romans 9:32b-33 [nkjv]

    With fraud which they themselves invent
    Thy truth they have confounded;
    Their hearts are not with one consent
    On Thy pure doctrine grounded.
    While they parade with outward show,
    They lead the people to and fro,
    In error’s maze astounded.

    May God root all heresy
    And of false teachers rid us
    Who proudly say: “Now where is He
    That should our speech forbid us?
    By right or might we shall prevail
    What we determine cannot fail;
    We own no lord and master.” *

    O Lord, merciful and holy Bridegroom; we grieve the fall of Your Church. It is our fault that the beauty of Your Bride is no longer recognized. Therefore we pray You: give and increase in us faith, love, and hope in You; root out of us all sins and vice, all strife, all disbelief, all error and heresy; rebuke the erring, convert the unbelievers, bring the rebellious again to the unity of the Christian Church and show them the light of Your Truth. Protect our shepherds from all danger of body and soul**, [especially from those who oppose the light of Your Truth in our churches as these shepherds fight to protect Your sheep from the ravenous wolves in sheep’s clothing who have exchanged Your Truth for the lies of their vile passions.]
    By Your almighty power and unsearchable wisdom break and hinder all the counsels of those who hate Your Word and who, by corrupt teaching [such as this] would destroy it. Enlighten them with the knowledge of Your glory that they may know the riches of Your heavenly grace***, [cease in causing Jesus’ little ones to stumble, and be freed from the onerous/onikus millstones endangering them and us.]
    We pray You to forgive us for the sake of Jesus Christ, Your beloved Son. Through Him, grant us the power to hate our sins, so that we may lead a life well-pleasing to You in true humility and in the knowledge of Your holy will.
    Hear our prayer for the sake of the Lamb, Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ****, [and all the little lambs of His Church].

    *”O Lord, Look Down from Heav’n, Behold,” TLH #260 sts. 2-3, a Reformation hymn by Martin Luther.
    **”Prayer on Monday,” CPH “Treasury of Daily Prayer,” p. 1306.
    ***”Defending the Church from Error,” a petition for “The Church and Her Mission” from LSB, p. 305.
    ****”Prayer on Saturday,” CPH “Treasury of Daily Prayer,” p. 1309.

  4. I just deleted a comment from an invalid email that also asked questions not pertinent to the discussion here. As to the comment I will say that Pr. Rossow receives no financial gain from Steadfast Lutherans (pretty sure he never did and if my experience is the same is his, he probably spent personal money rather than gaining.)

  5. Seems as though chastity and purity have fallen on hard times even among those who are to be its public promoters and defenders. God cannot and will not bless those who teach and practice contrary to His holy Word. Our District Presidents and Synod President need to act swiftly and with unmistakable clarity.

  6. “Congregations Matter” have posted the following on their Facebook page:

    “Dear Friends of Congregations Matter: It is obvious by what was written today on our Twitter account that it has been hacked. Things have been written and pictures posted on that account that do not represent our organization’s views and efforts. A horrible, juvenile picture of President Harrison was posted on our Twitter account by someone with evil intent. We apologize to President Harrison on their behalf. In the same wise, our Twitter account was taken down by the hackers and is no longer in our control. Congregations Matter will write a short article on this later this evening.”

    This may include the comments referenced in this posting. I believe it would be appropriate to withhold further comment on this Twitter posting claiming support for the club at Portland until we see their article, which has yet to appear.

    Let me also state that I do not support the viewpoints of “Congregations Matter”.

  7. I find the language in the charter as quoted not only to be fairly inoffensive but rather well done. Well done to Concordia Portland, I say.

  8. Congregations Matter now alleges that they were hacked.

    In particular, three tweets are in question- the one supporting CUP, one of a picture of President Harrison’s Face over Sauron from Lord of the Rings, and the last was a suggested candidate for Synod President.

    CM says they were hacked yesterday which was January 20. The timing is important, because the Harrison post went up on January 11.

    In addition, since posts went up between the “hacked” posts and normal posts, this implies that the hackers and CM users were in the account at the same time. Since Twitter notifies you when there are new sign ins via email, and a password would need to be changed or distributed to sign in, there are a lot of not answered questions here.

    We await Congregations Matter’s statement on this, and of course their position on the decision of Concordia Portland President Schlimpert regarding the Queer Straight Alliance.

  9. So let me get this straight. On January 11, a tweet goes out from Congregations Matter with the Synod President as Sauron. And for NINE days, CM does….nothing. Then yesterday, after posting support for the horrible actions of the Concordia Portland President, they claim they were hacked, and hacked yesterday?

    This makes no sense whatsoever. Why not go to twitter and get the account stopped nine days ago if they weren’t the source of the Sauron tweet? Why did they keep on posting links to their articles (and other retweets) since Jan 11th?

    Whoever runs CM is not to be trusted. As a matter of fact CM is not to be trusted.

    They should come clean. And they should start by saying if they support the actions of the Concordia, Portland President. I think they do. They tweeted that they did.

  10. Like a theological mirror reflecting politics . . .

    CM (Jesus First) are #Never Matt’rs.

    Jerry ought to just give it up. He is bordering on the absurd anymore. He is still p’o’d that despite his best laid plans, he lost to Matt. He had that so well-planned.


  11. Has there been any response from the LCMS leadership regarding the situation at Concordia, Portland?

  12. Both the sad situation at Concordia Portland and the bizarre behavior of Congregations Matter make it clear to me how easy it is for the Synod and its institutions to be infiltrated and subverted by left-wing “progressive” ideology. As long as our country drifts left, as it’s been doing for the past century, and as long as we are desperate to have a seat at the table in mainstream American society, we are going to be susceptible to this–to assimilating mainstream yet fundamentally anti-Christian articles of faith and standards of conduct without even realizing we have done so. It’s easy enough for most of us to recognize this when it comes to homosexuality because we don’t live in the Pacific Northwest and can’t really imagine the amount of hostility Christians face there for being “homophobic.” But the million other compromises we have made in order to be seen as “normal Americans” have left the doors open for all the other “normal American” causes to flood in–LGBTQ rights groups being just one example. (Is it just me, or does it feel like LGBTQ activism has become kind of mild, plain vanilla leftism in a few short years?)

    We should have learned by now that, while we may not be able to move out of Sodom, we don’t have to offer Sodom our daughters. The Sodomites are not going to repent if we just give them a little more. They don’t think we’re “loving” because we dance around the issue of their wickedness so they won’t think we’re mean.

    The price we pay for refusing to accept this is losing our children to Sodom. We raise them in Sodom, want them to fit in and have a good life in Sodom, and then we’re surprised when they become Sodomites.

  13. Pastor Karl Hess’s remarks are so well put. I am wondering what is being done, for the sake of our young? This is 4 months now since the last remark. What is the leadership going to do? They wrote a letter back in 2007 also wanting to “ALTER” the Creed to appease the Muslims. How is this allowed? and as far as I can see, there have been no discussions on this as well! Here is the site. I can not copy as it comes out in picture format so I am posting the url.

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