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La Iglesia Luterana Mesías en Mauldin, South Carolina, es un testimonio fuerte y saludable sus miembros están divididos en casi  partes iguales entre los que su deseo de permanecer en la ELCA y aquellos que se quieren retirar. En consulta con el obispo del Sínodo Sur de Carolina, la congregación ha elaborado la  presente adición a sus estatutos sociales como una manera de permanecer unidos en misión y servicio al tiempo que respeta su compromiso a la autoridad de la Sagrada Escritura. Ellos han dado permiso para compartir éstos estatutos para aquellos que desean permanecer  en el ELCA puedan adaptarlo a sus propias necesidades locales:

Messiah Lutheran Church

Adición de los Estatutos de la Constitución en respuesta a las políticas y prácticas de la ELCA.

Nos comprometemos a enseñar y practicar lo siguiente:

(1) La Biblia es la Palabra revelada de Dios para nosotros, que se habla en la Ley y el Evangelio. La Biblia es la autoridad final y la norma para nosotros en todos los asuntos de la fe y la vida, y consideramos la Biblia totalmente digno de confianza con respecto a la fe y la salvación.

(2) Al igual que todos los cristianos bautizados que  han sido bienvenidos a la comunidad de la familia de Dios, estamos llamados a responder dando la bienvenida a toda la gente dentro de la comunidad de fe de la Iglesia Luterana Mesías.

(3) Por la gracia, mediante la fe, la salvación se hace posible a  todas las personas  solo por medio de Jesucristo.

(4) En el ministerio de alabanza y la educación de Messiah Lutheran Church, vamos a utilizar el revelado e históricos nombres y masculino pronombre de Dios en nuestros himnos, la liturgia y la Biblia.

(5) Dios responde a la oración, y animamos a  orar para  utilizarlos  en todos los aspectos de nuestra vida, como una comunicación con Dios.

(6) La vida humana es un don de Dios que comienza en concepción.

(7) La Escritura declara que el matrimonio es una unión bendecida por Dios entre un hombre y una mujer y es la única relación sagrada de la sexualidad humana.

(8) Dado que no hay base bíblica para el matrimonio / union del mismo sexo, tampoco para  los  pastores de la Iglesia Luterana Mesías, ni ningún  otro pastor, llevará a cabo o bendecir matrimonios o uniones a personas del mismo sexo en la Iglesia Luterana Mesías

(9) No vamos a considerar llamar a un Pastor que este involucrado en una  relación sexual del mismo género, cometido, o de otra manera.

(10) Asi como Dios nos ha dado libremente a nosotros, cada uno miembro de la Iglesia Luterana Mesías tiene la libertad para designar a la distribución de sus ofrendas benevolentes.

(11) En el uso de la ley de Dios y el Evangelio, Jesús confrontó barreras que separaban a las personas que se enfrentan a Dios y al prójimo. Jesús nos  llama y envía a nosotros por todo el mundo para continuar su misión de quebrar las barreras que dividen a la gente de Dios y entre sí.


Messiah Lutheran Church in Mauldin, South Carolina, is a strong, healthy congregation whose members are almost evenly divided between those who desire to remain in the ELCA and those who want to withdraw. In consultation with the bishop of the South Carolina Synod, the congregation has drawn up this addendum to its bylaws as a way of staying united in mission and service while honoring their commitment to the authority of Holy Scripture. They have given permission to share this so others who remain in the ELCA may adapt it to their own local needs:

Messiah Lutheran Church

Addendum to the Bylaws of the Constitution in response to policies and practices of the ELCA

We commit to teach and practice that:

(1) The Bible is God’s revealed Word to us, spoken in Law and Gospel. The Bible is the final authority and norm for us in all matters of faith and life, and we consider the Bible completely trustworthy with regard to faith and salvation.

(2) Just as all baptized Christians have been welcomed into the community of God’s family, we are called to respond by welcoming all people into the faith community of Messiah Lutheran Church.

(3) By grace, through faith, salvation is made available to all people through Jesus Christ alone.

(4) In the worship and education ministry of Messiah Lutheran Church, we will use revealed and historical names and masculine pronouns for God in our hymns, liturgy, and the Bible.

(5) God answers prayer, and we encourage prayer be used in all aspects of our lives as a communication with God.

(6) Human life is a gift from God that begins at conception.

(7) Scripture declares that marriage is a union blessed by God between one man and one woman and is the only sacred relationship for human sexuality.

(8) Because there is no scriptural basis for same sex marriage/union, neither the pastors of Messiah Lutheran Church nor any other pastor, will conduct or bless same sex marriages or unions at Messiah Lutheran Church.

(9) We will not consider calling a Pastor who is involved in a same gender sexual relationship, committed or otherwise.

(10) As God has freely given to us, each member of Messiah Lutheran Church is given the freedom to designate the distribution of their benevolence offerings.

(11) In His use of God’s Law and Gospel, Jesus confronted barriers that separated people from God and their neighbor. Jesus calls and sends us into all the world to continue His mission of breaking down barriers that divide people from God and one another.

The Common Confession

Publicado: junio 6, 2013 en Iglesia, Luteranismo, LUTHERAN CORE

The Common Confession

The Common Confession (below) is a seven-part statement of faith, highlighting some of the important biblical and confessional doctrines of traditional Lutherantheology. it has been adopted as the faith statement of Lutheran CORE, in addition to many other reform groups and individuals (refer to our Supporters page). This page is written with printing in mind or you may download the page in PDF format. An essay on the background plus some amplifying information on each article of the Confession is supplied via a link entitled “Commentary.” An Introduction to The Common Confession is also available, and a seven-part bible study on the Common Confession is available from Sola Publishing.

 

1) The Lord Jesus Christ

We are people who believe and confess our faith in the Triune God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We trust and believe in Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord. Commentary

2) The Gospel of Salvation

We believe and confess that all human beings are sinners, and that sinners are redeemed by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. God alone justifies human beings by faith in Christ – a faith that God creates through the message of the Gospel. As ambassadors for Christ, God uses us to speak his Word and build his kingdom.Commentary

3) The Authority of Scripture

We believe and confess that the Bible is God’s revealed Word to us, spoken in Law and Gospel. The Bible is the final authority for us in all matters of our faith and life.Commentary

4) A Common Confession of Faith

We accept and uphold that the Lutheran Confessions reliably guide us as faithful interpretations of Scripture, and that we share a unity and fellowship in faith with others among whom the Gospel of Jesus Christ is preached and the sacraments are administered in accordance with the Gospel. Commentary

5) The Priesthood of All Believers

We believe and confess that the Holy Spirit makes all who believe in Jesus Christ to be priests for service to others in Jesus’ name, and that God desires to make use of the spiritual gifts he has given through the priesthood of all believers. Commentary

6) Marriage and Family

We believe and confess that the marriage of male and female is an institution created and blessed by God. From marriage, God forms families to serve as the building blocks of all human civilization and community. We teach and practice that sexual activity belongs exclusively within the biblical boundaries of a faithful marriage between one man and one woman. Commentary

7) The Mission and Ministry of the Congregation

We believe and confess that the church is the assembly of believers called and gathered by God around Word and Sacrament, and that the mission and ministry of the church is carried out within the context of individual congregations, which are able to work together locally and globally. Commentary


Steve Shipman


The need for Lutheran CORE was impressed upon me again. As I write this, I have just returned home from the General Retreat of the Society of the Holy Trinity—a magnificent time of prayer and reflection with a group that for 15 years has been helping pastors serve faithfully in a challenging environment.

When we began, our Society was almost completely composed of pastors from the ELCA (about two thirds) and the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. This week in our prayers we mentioned the bishop or president of every Lutheran group represented. The list included about a dozen names, two of whom were among the 200 of us at the retreat.

In this time of fragmentation, we confessing Lutherans need each other more than we ever have. We need to work together in reaching out to this vast North American mission field.

We need to create and connect one another with resources that we once expected our denominations or publishing houses to provide. And this is a blessing, not a problem!

“The Priesthood of All Believers” simply means that every Christian has been claimed by God and called to use his or her gifts to help fulfill the Great Commission to make disciples of all nations. Pastors have a unique and necessary role given by God, but clergy are not the Church any more than a coach is a football team.

God has poured out many gifts through the Holy Spirit. I experienced some of God’s pastoral gifts this week in the outstanding preaching and teaching and the caring fellowship.

But since most Christians are not called to be pastors, far more gifts of the Spirit have been distributed to the laity than to us who are ordained. A key role of pastors is to help the other baptized priests to discover, develop, and use their gifts in service to Christ and to the neighbor.

I also heard many pastors speak of a deep loneliness and of exhaustion from decades of parish ministry.

Pastors need to pray and speak together to support each other, and they need for their members to hear from lay folk in other congregations what is working for them in their outreach. It’s easy to complain and not hard to find things to complain about, but negativity saps the spirit (and therefore Spirit) of any group including a congregation.

Lutheran CORE exists to provide positive interactions and resources.

We can no longer afford to create religious “shops” competing against one another for “business” (members). The world out there needs to know Jesus, and the diversity of our Lutheran family in the twenty-first century can be a blessing and an opportunity. Each congregation and each of the thirty-some Lutheran church bodies in North America have a unique combination of gifts from the one Spirit. Lutheran CORE offers a “safe space” where Lutherans of every group can work together without giving up their unique identities. As we do so, we enrich one another by sharing God’s inexhaustible generosity to each of us.

During the period of recent church conflict, a great amount of energy was channeled into renewal groups. Since many leaders from that era have joined other Lutheran groups, much of that energy is rightly being redirected into new arenas of ministry. Just so, we need to pray for God to raise up new leaders around North America who will have the energy to rebuild regional and local groups that will help us strengthen and support one another.

We have gotten rave reviews of the regional Discipleship Events that have been held around the country. Keep checking the schedule to see if one is being held near you. If your congregation would like to host one of these events, contact Pr. Paul Borg for details. The intent is that these not be one-time events, but that regional groups will be created to continue helping each congregation carry out what they have learned.

Lutheran CORE is not and will not become a massive top-down bureaucracy. You who are Lutheran CORE locally have the primary responsibility for how effectively Lutherans connect and support one another. Lutheran CORE is a catalyst for these local and regional initiatives and offers a vehicle for confessing Lutherans to connect with one another. To a large extent, our future will depend on those who hear the call of God to connect and work together in mission across our continent.

On our part, we continue to offer our website, our Facebook group, our annual gatherings, regional Discipleship Events, and partnership with such events as the Rocky Mountain Theological Conference in

Canada. We also interface with leaders of other renewal movements in North American Christianity and share what we learn from them.

God is at work in North America. These may very well be the “good old days” future generations will remember. This is an exciting time to follow Jesus Christ, as God’s Spirit is poured out in new and wonderful ways. Lutheran CORE enjoys the privilege of working to “mobilize confessing Lutherans for evangelical renewal.”

Pastor Shipman can be reached at sshipman@lutherancore.org or 570-916-7780.