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Letters to the Editor (May 2017)

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  1. John J Flanagan says:

    I believe the problem is that the LCMS needs to focus more on going into the local communities, starting up gospel missions and soup kitchens, handing out tracts, looking for areas where there are a shortage of churches…rural areas, for example, ..and holding church services in rental facilities if necessary. The LCMS needs to put resources into sending itinerant pastors who have no church assignments into prison ministries and jails, hospitals, and so forth. This is the way it was done many times in history. In some respects, denominations die because they are no longer visible, relevant, or active in the population. They grow soft, weak, useless, expecting people to come to them…rather than going to the people in a spirit of servanthood and service. True enough, the population in America seems adrift from decades of humanistic education and immoral values, but societies have always dealt with social issues and popular apathy. The church is more than a building with a steeple or a cross on the roof. It must be embedded in the population to grow. It must first be true to the Gospel and unwavering, and it must endure with or without popular support. The LCMS is not dead yet, but it is growing tired. If we truly believe it is worth the trouble to obey God and prevail in the Great Commission, this synod must gird up for the fight, remembering 2Tim1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” Surrendering is not an option. The LCMS must push forward boldly, prayerfully, and with confidence in God. An attitude of defeat ensures a predictable outcome, one none of us want for the synod or the spreading of the Gospel to our friends, neighbors, and fellow sinners. After all, if we are not here to spread the Gospel, than what is our purpose and usefulness to the Lord? It is not about us. It is about Him.