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).Download Protecting Your Ministry
Are hard copies of this available for order anywhere? I don’t find anything at http://www.cph.org or at this web site.
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.
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:
Elsewhere Luther writes:
Martin Luther also explains about imprecatory prayers :
LMMV (Lufauxran Mileage May Vary)
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.
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?