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Not all Lutheran churches agree with ELCA decision

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Like many newspapers, the Bemidji Pioneer reported the following heading in a recent story, "Lutherans to allow sexually active gays as clergy."

If a person did not read further, they might easily conclude that this statement represents all congregations with the word "Lutheran" in their name. Be assured, it does not. The article did properly go on to say that this heading was the position that applies to those churches of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.

Indeed, there are varying denominations in our state and within our community. This is a good thing, to the extent that Christian people can attach themselves to groups that unite with one clear teaching and belief. A person's church membership is an endorsement of what his or her church teaches.

All standards of teaching tend to flow from one of three sources: 1. Human reason and understanding alone, 2. A mixture of human reason and Holy Scripture, or 3. Holy Scripture alone, as the inspired and inerrant Word of God.

In that third source alone do we have the solid confidence of full forgiveness in Jesus as our all-sufficient Savior. Plus, therein lies the proper Christian response, which is to be reflected in every aspect of our lives. There is no room for compromise in this or any portion of God's Word. Therefore, this is where our church stands, as a member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod.

Rev. Lon Kuether

Saint Mark's Lutheran Church

Bemidji

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