Synod Convention 2019 – Reviewing Today’s Business

Dear Readers of Steadfast Lutherans,

We have been largely quiet about the coming convention of the LCMS.  Some of that is because we have decided to focus more on the theology that our people need to confess than on the Synod politics.  This shift in our focus has of course meant that we don’t comment on a lot of the “cold war” that is going on in the LCMS with parties and candidates tossing varied versions of the truth through their surrogates at the other side.  We’ve been there, done that – and don’t want to do it again.  Frankly, the theological divisions in the Synod will never be settled by political games.  The organizational and more earthly problems of the synod really won’t either.  So long as the Synod continues to look for political solutions to the problems it faces, the situation will only get worse.

Finally, with the publication of Today’s Business, we will start engaging some of the resolutions of the convention as we have time to do so.  Most of these will involve theology, and some of them will also involve some earthly wisdom as it applies to the Synod at large.  Stay tuned to the site for more information in the coming weeks.  We are hoping to cover some of our authors favorite resolutions, but also hoping to look at what the Synod wants to refer (omnibus), decline (omnibus), or outright reject (each floor committee rejects overtures).  These often can be very telling as to the nature of Synod and just what those who are making decisions want.  On top of this, you never know what we may pick up and run with.

– Pastor Scheer




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.


Synod Convention 2019 – Reviewing Today’s Business — 2 Comments

  1. That will take some study. A few suggestions:
    1) The Church in general and the LCMS in particular are under attack, as always, from the world. Currently, this attack takes the form of pressure to conform to Progressive sexual norms, especially as regards homosexuality and trans-gender acceptance. We need to make it extremely clear that Christians can accept neither active homosexuality nor “switching gender” as anything but not only sinful but a mental illness that requires treatment. (Trans-genderism is actually a form of Body Dysmorphic Disorder, the mental illness that causes people to reject parts of their own body as “being alien”. The current outbreak also appears to have elements of group hysteria involved.) Satan’s tool in this present age being the postmodern Progressivism, with ties to Gnosticism, that has permeated our society.

    Fighting this is especially important for our universities, since they are the main weapon that society uses for attacking our children. Listen carefully to “Liberal vs. Liberal Arts Education” with Dr. Thomas Korcok on Issues, Etc. My own son left Concordia River Forest because he felt that it was too feminist and antagonistic to males!

    2) We need to strongly encourage all LCMS congregations to return to the traditional service format and avoid “contemporary worship services”. Chris Rosebrough covers this pretty thoroughly on “Fighting for the Faith”, and his episodes as a guest on Issues, Etc. and makes the point that the issue isn’t one of style, it’s one of actual worship. Are you there to receive what God gives and return praise? Or are you there to be entertained. Can you actually participate in the service, down to singing the hymns – noting especially Dr. Luther’s comments on why we sing hymns, or does the congregation merely listen and say “amen” at appropriate times?

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