No. The LCMS is not becoming a feminist synod. It already is.
The LCMS has long abandoned the order of creation. We followed the path led by the feminist movement of the world in women ceasing to submit to their husbands and thus demanding the right to vote apart from their husband’s headship. There should be no surprise at where we are since that convention at Denver in 1969.
Many congregations have women lectors, that is women reading the lessons from Scripture, even though Saint Paul writes under inspiration from the Holy Spirit, “Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor.” (I Tim. 2:11-14) He also writes, “As in all the churches of the saints, the women should keep silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be in submission, as the Law also says. If there is anything they desire to learn, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for a woman to speak in church.” (I Cor. 14:33-35)
I know these Scripture passages don’t conform to the norms of society. They are not politically correct. But these Scripture passages are for the church – for believers who hear the voice of their Good Shepherd. Christians will follow and believe what God says because we know that He knows better than we do. He’s created us and instituted the church for us, so it is not ours to change His institutions regardless of how the world changes.
I have never heard of this happening in the LCMS, but up here in Lutheran Church-Canada, the daughter synod of the LCMS, we even have female seminary professors. We have women preparing men for the ministry. They are teaching them Old and New Testament theology, and pastoral counseling. How someone can construe this as not teaching men or exercising authority over them is the old, “Did God really say?” question once again.
We have women distributing the elements of the Lord’s Supper in many congregations. They lay their hands on men being ordained into the ministry. They teach Bible classes, teach through writing devotionals and books, teaching at pastors’ conferences and conventions.
Is it any wonder we have emotion-driven “contemporary worship,” “comfort dogs,” and “church teddy bears?” Men have abdicated their role as spiritual heads of their houses and their congregations and women have usurped that role which is not only not given to them by their Creator but explicitly forbidden them.
Does Scripture say anything about women teaching? Yes, it does. In Titus 2 we hear concerning older women, “They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.”
Women are to teach their own children and grandchildren as Lois and Eunice taught Timothy when he was a child (II Tim. 1:4). They are to teach the young women, and specifically in Titus, it says they should teach the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands.
So we don’t have women’s ordination? So what. That is no victory. That’s not even forbidden in Scripture! Yet, we have present in our midst all those things that are forbidden by Scripture, and think somehow we are on the high moral ground over the ELCA or NALC because we don’t have women’s ordination? For shame.
Repent. Who are you to raise yourself above the Word of God? “Or was it from you that the word of God came? Or are you the only ones it has reached? If anyone thinks that he is a prophet, or spiritual, he should acknowledge that the things I am writing to you are a command of the Lord. If anyone does not recognize this, he is not recognized.” (I Cor. 14:36-38) Yes, the Holy Spirit says through Saint Paul that if you do not recognize these commands to be from the Lord, you are not to be recognized. You have broken fellowship by your error. I pray that you will repent and cease from following the feminism of the world and turn to the truth of God’s Word.