RECLAIMING WALTHER IN THE LCMS

 
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Our Goal

+To reclaim the unaltered confession of the Gospel as stated in the Creeds according to the LCMS 1998 Convention Resolution 3-04A.

+To reclaim the use of the name "Lutheran" as stated in the LCMS 1995 Convention Resolution 3-13A.

+To reclaim the original congregational structure and autonomy of LCMS Congregations and their supremacy over every entity of the Synod. This means the circuits, districts, and synod itself, including its affiliated institutions, subsidiaries, and corporations.

+To reclaim the, "Exclusive use of doctrinally pure agenda, hymnbooks, and catechisms in church and school," as a condition of membership. (LCMS Constitution Article VI.4.)

+To reclaim the name "Lutheran" on all LCMS congregations, schools, subsidiaries, institutions, affiliates, and corporations.

+To expose the needless bureaucracy taking place in LCMS District Offices and limit the self-ascribed powers of the District Presidents by promoting a resolution requiring all District Presidents to remain as full-time pastors in their districts. District Presidents will then be encouraged to delegate their duties to vice presidents and circuit counselors, thus recreating the self-administrating polity characterized by the first 100 years of the LCMS. This was also the time of our most rapid growth. Districts that are too large, such as Michigan and Texas, should be divided into smaller districts as are Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois.

+To expose the aberrant practices promoted by the "Church Growth" Leadership Training, and return to the doctrine and practice of Church and Ministry taught by the Synodís Founder, C.F.W. Walther, and adopted by the Milwaukee LCMS Convention of 1851 as the official doctrine and practice of Church and Ministry in the LCMS. This position was reiterated by Synodical President Dr. A.L. Barry, during the 1999 Symposia Series at Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. The current Church Growth/Leadership Training aberrations now sweeping the synod are a thinly veiled effort to establish the legalism of Reformed theology through corporate structure.

+To expose the so called "High Church" opinions of Loehe and Grabau which view ordination as a sacrament and the congregation as an extension of the pastoral office. This will also expose so called "Hyper-Euro Lutherans" who wish to return to pre-Waltherian 18th and 19th century European Lutheran hierarchy. This failed position seeks to address congregational and synodical issues with the hierarchy of the clergy in place of the authority of Scripture over the Voters' Assembly.

What You Can Do

Look around on our website for timely articles and links. Participate in the Luther Quest Discussion Group. You can share concerns and ideas there with other confessional Lutherans. Read. Aside from the articles on this website, participate in the new Lutheran Book Review Discussion Group. Authors and readers alike can share information on good, confessional books. Sign up for Reclaim News, our email mailing list. Check out presentations in your area on church polity and confessional topics. You owe it to your congregation and the Missouri Synod to do so. Please visit the website for Pastor Cascione's congregation, Redeemer Lutheran Church.

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11/09/04

 

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