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LCMS President Kieschnick Issues Statement
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Mon, 03 Dec 2001 13:10:06 -0800
The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod
Board for Communication Services
LCMSNews -- No. 93
Dec. 3, 2001
Kieschnick issues statement
An LCMSNews release of Nov. 11 reported that Lutheran Church--Missouri
Synod President Gerald B. Kieschnick has been charged by two clergy members
of the Synod with allegedly violating synodical fellowship principles.
Specifically, the two cite Dr. Kieschnick's support of a fellow LCMS
leader's participation in a Sept. 11-related event at Yankee Stadium, and
his own participation at another New York-area event, both involving prayer
with people not in altar and pulpit fellowship with our denomination.
Dr. Kieschnick offers the following statement as a means of clarifying the
LCMS position on these matters.
The statement was originally released by David Strand, the Synod's director
of public affairs. For more information about this matter, contact Strand
via e-mail at email@example.com, or phone him at (314) 996-1229.
A STATEMENT FROM LCMS PRESIDENT GERALD B. KIESCHNICK:
Recent discussion on Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod practices with respect
to worship has resulted in confusion about the official position of the
Synod regarding the participation of Missouri Synod Lutherans in events
involving prayer or worship that includes the participation of
Our church body's national convention last summer approved a document that
speaks of "civic events" where "pastors . . . are often asked to
participate . . . offering prayers, speaking, and reading Scripture. . .
convention noted that a pastor, guided by his own discretion, may choose to
participate in such civic events so long as he is allowed to remain true to
his faith and, if asked to pray, to do so in Christ's name. Such
occasions, after all, "may provide opportunity to witness to the
Gospel." What happened Sept. 23 at Yankee Stadium was such an event, and
the Missouri Synod pastor who participated in it prayed in Christ's name.
The Missouri Synod does not forbid prayer with other Christians. We have a
long history of praying with and for other Christians. However, we refrain
from engaging in common prayer with those who do not recognize or accept
Jesus Christ as true God. For it is only through Jesus Christ that we can
approach the true God. We want to do nothing that would compromise the
Gospel of Jesus Christ, such as suggesting through our actions that there
are other gods than the Triune God-Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
In all we say and do, we in The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod seek to
honor Jesus Christ and take every opportunity to give public witness to Him
and to share the good news that through faith in Him, we have the free gift
of eternal life with God.
Dr. Gerald B. Kieschnick, President
The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod
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