Concordia University System and LGBT… and resolutions for 2019 Convention (Why Concordia Portland overtures should be considered)

The Concordia Shipwreck of 2012

Concordia Portland has its loud and proud Gender and Sexuality Resource Center:

The vision of the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center (GSRC) is to create and foster a safe and inclusive campus climate that supports the academic and personal development of all students so they can reach their ultimate goal of graduation.  Specifically, the GSRC seeks to serve those who identify as gender or sexual minorities, those who believe they have experienced Title IX violations such as sexual assault, and the University community as a whole through educational programs and activities which support the vision and mission. The mission of the GSRC, rooted in Christ’s call to love, is to be an affirming, empowering, and supportive space for Concordia students.

“And now I give you a new commandment: love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” -John 13:34

Note how the support of sin isn’t enough without also violating the Second Commandment.


Concordia St. Paul has its PEACE Club (People Encouraging Acceptance Connection and Equality).

P.E.A.C.E. is a Concordia University, Saint Paul club for students who find themselves outside of society’s hetero-normative standards, for their allies and friends, and for those who seek greater understanding and desire to foster a climate of mutual respect and open communication. The club provides both a metaphorical and physical safe space on our campus for fostering a greater sense of community and mutual respect.


Both of these are not new.  They have been around for a while and the culture that has created them has been at these Concordia’s for even longer.

Two overtures have been submitted in relation to Portland, one of which has been placed into Omnibus A (Omnibus is a place where overtures get sent to be considered apart from the convention by some other entity in the LCMS.) . The second overture has been put into a respectfully decline resolution for not following bylaws.

The first one is Ov. 7-21 which has been sent to Omnibus A (referral to Concordia University-Portland Board of Regents).

7-22 is more drastic but also attempts to address the issue.  This one has been placed into Resolution 7-07 To be “respectfully declined” on the reason that it circumvents existing bylaws:

There is still time to present feedback to Floor Committee 7 which chose to pass and decline these overtures.  The reasoning of “circumvents bylaws” is not really that good.  The Synod in convention is the highest governing body of the LCMS.  If they want to shut it down, the Floor Committee and various employees of Synod should be able to figure out what is required for that to happen.  If not, what authority does the convention actually have?  I have seen this before that since a resolution doesn’t have the actual bylaws and so forth filled out properly, the matter is dismissed.  I say it is time for the elected officials to serve the synod rather than the other way around.  When I as a parish pastor get requests for something in my congregation that just aren’t worded quite right I offer my experience to help correct it so that the spirit of the matter is followed.  What would happen if I just rejected things because it wasn’t “technically” filled out properly?

The ungodliness going on up in Portland needs to stop.  It is direct assault upon the teachings of Scripture and a gross capitulation to the world and its demands that the church give up her Lord for the ruler of this world.  The situation at Concordia St. Paul is similar.

If you think that the Floor Committee should reconsider their actions, please consider writing them kindly to reconsider and put something before the convention to be discussed and debated and even acted upon.

From Rev. Charles Henrickson, the pastor of St. Matthew in Bonne Terre, MO:

“Reactions to the resolutions should be addressed in writing directly to the chairmen of the floor committees at least one week prior to the convention for consideration during July 19 committee meetings. Opportunity to address the floor committees personally will be provided during the July 20 (8:30 a.m.–noon) open hearings.”…/official-notice-2019-lcms

And the chairman of Floor Committee 7, University Education, to whom you may address your comments in writing, is this:

Rev. Timothy J. Scharr, President
Southern Illinois District
2408 Lebanon Avenue
Belleville, IL 62221-2529

And please be respectful toward President Scharr, who is a good and honorable man. He is not responsible for all the decisions of his committee.

I would second that Pres. Scharr is a good and honorable man.  Please consider writing him with your thoughts on this matter.




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.


Concordia University System and LGBT… and resolutions for 2019 Convention (Why Concordia Portland overtures should be considered) — 11 Comments

  1. Who has personally spoken to the ministry team at CUP about how these people are served and the purpose of the gay group there?

  2. I agree wholeheartedly with this proposal. God bless Pastor Sheer for his willingness to stand on sound biblical teachings.

  3. I believe that this is an over reaction to the situation at Concordia. The focus on the specific sin of homosexual sexual relations is unfortunate. The Missouri Synod does not condone sin by supporting these institutions. I seem to recall you were also against LIRS. I admit I wonder what the real agenda is with Steadfast Lutherans on these matters considering your past misrepresentation of LIRS. In the case of LIRS it was clearly anti-immigration and a misunderstanding of the function of LIRs – as they were consistently misrepresented by Steadfast Lutherans. I think your misrepresenting the magnitude of the problem at Concordia. Hopefully your proposal will be rejected and you will be more realistic about the situation.

    Maybe you should give up your nonprofit status while your critiquing Concordia. By shutting them down your deciding you will remove their witness for Christ. Such radical positions are clearly schismatic.

  4. I don’t see a thing in the quotes you posted that in anyway represents sin. Unless you have recently acquired the ability to read minds could you point out where this group supports a non-biblical view?

    Or do you believe that I, a celibate sexual minority, should not be included in the Church?


  5. If you are getting hung up on language such as “sexual minority,” allow me to let you in on a little secret.

    If you pay attention to blog sites, books and writings of Christians who are same sex attracted and have chosen faithfulness to the biblical standard that sex and marriage are reserved for use between one man and one woman, you will notice something important. Those who use language such as “gay” or “sexual minority” to describe themselves tend to be those who remained in the conservative churches from their youth and who chose early on to remain obedient in their sexuality by, for instance, choosing celibacy. On the other hand, those who choose phrases such as “experiences same sex attraction” as self descriptors tend to be those who came to Christianity late or who left it for a while and returned.

    The difference is that those who came to Christianity as adults or who returned to it after a time away tend to have had a far more positive experience of the Church than those who remained faithful from their youth. For example, those who remained are far more likely to have heard highly negative comments about people like themselves uttered by other Christians. Most who remained were not “out” about their sexuality so that Christians, not realizing a “LGBT” person was listening, were less circumspect in their language. Also, those who came to Christianity after time in the “gay community” are often hailed as victories in the war between Christianity and culture. A life lone faithful member, however, is likely to shock his pastor if he makes the mistake of confessing to him. He is more likely to be seen as someone who has fallen or is more likely to fall in some way and is likely to find himself treated with distrust rather than forgiveness and to have his life in the church severely limited from that point on. This is one reason I recommend that those who are not already out not risk confessing to their pastor, by the way.

    So whether one calls oneself “a sexual minority” or “gay” or “same sex attracted” has very little to do with whether they have put their identity in Christ and much more to do with whether fellow Christians treat them like a brother in Christ and the reception they receive from the Church.

  6. @Michael Baun #4

    1. What then, besides “stop supporting sin clubs,” would you do?
    2. You did not explain why you believe shutting down the school was an overreaction.
    3. If the magnitude is misrepresented regarding a church sponsored gay club, then what is the magnitude – please explain.
    Why not just shut down the club, fire those responsible, install faithful leadership, instead of the closing the university? Why do YOU want this club at a LCMS university?

  7. @Michael Baun #3

    If these institutions knowingly accommodate and encourage homosexual students in their sexual lifestyle and do not actively preach and teach against it, then yes they do encourage such behavior and the Synod supports such by supporting them. All Christian behavior rests on the assumption that your life is not your own, that a person that calls himself a Christian but acts against the word of God is not, in fact, a Christian.

    Now there is a big distance between “not supporting” and “persecuting”! And no university should have “religious police” roaming the halls. But neither should they go out of their way to accommodate sinful behavior!

  8. I commend the strong move of calling for the entire university to be shut down. Do this now if possible, while the synod is still reasonably faithful. The institution is so corrupt and is apparently run by people who love sin more than they love God and his law. There would be no way to reform such an institution. Take the funds and start a new university with faithful clergy at the helm. If you wait too long, the synod will get worse and worse, and the faithful members will eventually have to leave and the apostates will retain possession of church properties.

  9. Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service…..

    More appropriately known as LIaRS

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