Protecting Your Ministry: Synod provides legal guide amid increased intrusions

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Over the past year, as legal changes and pressures have increased, many have been asking and waiting for help and guidance from The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod as our congregations, schools and ministries navigate tumultuous waters.

The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is a valued friend of the Synod. At the recent Synod convention, we overwhelmingly passed Res. 14-10A “To Thank Alliance Defending Freedom” for their collaborative partnership with us. We are now proud to collaborate with them in the publication of this booklet.

Protecting Your Ministry (From Sexual Orientation Gender Identity Lawsuits) is a legal guide for LCMS congregations, schools and ministries. Please read through this entire booklet carefully to understand the full scope of the issues and how you can protect various ministries.

Now is not the time for compromise. It’s time once again for a Reformation. “Here I stand.” By holding to our core biblical convictions, fighting for our God-given rights of conscience and fighting against government intrusion into the church and the lives of Christians, we stand firm not only for our church and those who shall follow us; we take a stand for the First Amendment religious liberty for all people.

Our prayer is this resource will help you deal with a variety of legal challenges facing churches, religious nonprofits and believers today. Additional information can be found at lcms.org/freetobefaithful and ADFlegal.org.

“Take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded” (2 Chron. 15:7).

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5 Responses to Protecting Your Ministry: Synod provides legal guide amid increased intrusions

  1. Ginny Valleau August 14, 2016 at 5:33 pm #

    Are hard copies of this available for order anywhere? I don’t find anything at http://www.cph.org or at this web site.

    Thanks,
    Ginny Valleau

    • LCMS Church Information Center August 15, 2016 at 9:33 am #

      Thank you for your comment. The book is being mailed to every LCMS congregation and school and is only available online as a free download at http://www.lcms.org/Document.fdoc?src=lcm&id=4275.

  2. Carl Vehse August 14, 2016 at 9:31 pm #

    Lutherans, in their confirmation or in their ordination, publicly profess their quia subscription to the Book of Concord, including the Large Catechism, which states in its explanation of the first three petitions of the Lord’s Prayer:

    For as His name must be hallowed and His kingdom come without our prayer, so also His will must be done and succeed, although the devil with all his adherents raise a great tumult, are angry and rage against it, and undertake to exterminate the Gospel utterly. But for our own sakes we must pray that even against their fury His will be done without hindrance also among us, that they may not be able to accomplish anything and we remain firm against all violence and persecution, and submit to such will of God.

    Such prayer, then, is to be our protection and defense now, is to repel and put down all that the devil, Pope, bishops, tyrants, and heretics can do against our Gospel. Let them all rage and attempt their utmost, and deliberate and resolve how they may suppress and exterminate us, that their will and counsel may prevail: over and against this one or two Christians with this petition alone shall be our wall against which they shall run and dash themselves to pieces. This consolation and confidence we have, that the will and purpose of the devil and of all our enemies shall and must fail and come to naught, however proud, secure, and powerful they know themselves to be. For if their will were not broken and hindered, the kingdom of God could not abide on earth nor His name be hallowed.

    Elsewhere Luther writes:

    “No one can pray the Lord’s Prayer correctly without cursing. For when he prays: ‘Hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done,’ he must put all the opposition to this on one pile and say: ‘Curses, maledictions, and disgrace upon every other name and every other kingdom! May they be ruined and torn apart, and may all their schemes and wisdom and plans run aground’.” (Luther’s Works 21, 101)

    Martin Luther also explains about imprecatory prayers :

    “We should pray that our enemies be converted and become our friends and, if not, that their doing and designing be bound to fail and have no success and that their persons perish rather than the Gospel and the kingdom of Christ” (Luther’s Works, 21, 1000).

    LMMV (Lufauxran Mileage May Vary)

    • Joe August 18, 2016 at 3:04 pm #

      I don’t understand your comment and its intent. Maybe I’m a just a simple guy?

      1 Timothy 1:5-7
      The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. Certain persons, by swerving from these, have wandered away into vain discussion, desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions.

  3. Robert Bjornstad August 15, 2016 at 10:19 am #

    I seriously question why the LCMS would associate itself with the Alliance Defense fund.
    From its conception this is a fundamentalist organization and has no roots in Lutheranism.
    The idea that we should always be on the defensive is not the model that I see in Jesus.
    Jesus did not make enemy lists of organizations or individuals, as the Defense Fund does.
    When did our focus shift from proclamation of the Gospel?

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