2010 LCMS Convention Resolution 8-29

There has been quite a lot of controversy about this resolution — changing the “why we exist” part of the constitution. If you have a comment on a specific resolution, see our Resolutions page. If the one you want to discuss is not yet posted, please contact us and we will add the resolution to start discussion.

To Amend Article II of the Constitution

TF Report (CW TFR, p. 21); TF Report (CW TFR, p. 1.1); Overture 8-14–16 (CW, pp. 225–227)

WHEREAS, The Constitution of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod articulates why we exist, what we believe, and how we govern ourselves; and

WHEREAS, The current Constitution does not clearly state how we are saved, that it is only through faith in Jesus Christ, the second person of the Triune God, through which we receive forgiveness of our sins, eternal life, and salvation (John 3:16–18; 1 John 2:2; Acts 4:2); and

WHEREAS, We desire to be clear in our confession, using language that is consistent with our confessional documents and easily understandable to the world while not changing the substance of our current Constitution; and

WHEREAS, The Blue Ribbon Task Force on Synodical Structure and Governance received feedback from the thousands of delegates at the 2009 district conventions, with 83 percent of respondents either agreeing strongly or agreeing with the recommended changes to Article II of the constitution (“Final Report of The Blue Ribbon Task Force on Synod Structure and Governance,” Appendix 1.1); therefore be it

Resolved, That Article II of the Constitution of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod be amended accordingly, as shown (“2007 Handbook Convention Version,” TB, p. 158).


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