Thank you, President Harrison!
Recently, President Harrison posted this statement at his Witness, Mercy, and Life Together blog site:
When a public teacher on the roster of Synod can without consequence publicly advocate the ordination of women (even participate vested in the installation of an ELCA clergy person), homosexuality, the errancy of the Bible, the historical‑critical method, open communion, communion with the Reformed, evolution, and more, then the public confession of the Synod is meaningless. I am saying that if my Synod does not change its inability to call such a person to repentance and remove such a teacher where there is no repentance, then we are liars and our confession is meaningless. I do not want to belong to such a synod, much less lead it. I have no intention of walking away from my vocation. I shall rather use it and, by the grace of God, use all the energy I have to call this Synod to fidelity to correct this situation.
On behalf of the ACELC Board of Directors I would like to thank President Harrison for his bold statement in light of the Dispute Resolution Panel decision in the Northwest District regarding the very public teachings of Dr. Matthew Becker.
We believe that the Dispute Resolution Process, as currently structured in the LCMS, is hopelessly broken, This decision is further proof. In fact, it is a perfect example of why we identified the Dispute Resolution Process as one of the 10 errors tolerated and/or promoted in the LCMS.
President Harrison, in his statement, has also described quite well, why the ACELC exists and why we likewise have no desire to walk away from our beloved Synod, nor from our vocations as pastors and congregations. We long for the day when false doctrine and practice can be honestly identified among us, and those responsible called to repentance. We support President Harrison in his call to fidelity and pray that you will too.
There is still time to join us for our upcoming Conference in Kansas City. Please check out our video, “If Not Now, When?” if you haven’t already done so.
Rev. Clint K. Poppe