The ACELC exists "to give a united voice against errors that are officially adopted in convention, tolerated, and/or promoted in the LCMS.”

Did God Actually Say...?

Did God actually say … “I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man”? Did God actually say … that one who receives the Lord’s Supper may actually eat and drink judgment upon himself? Did God actually say … “If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing”? Did God actually say … “But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus”?

Yes, God actually did say these things, and His voice continues to proclaim these truths today. In addition to those mentioned above [1 Timothy 2:12; 1 Corinthians 11:29; 1 Timothy 6:3-4; 2 Timothy 3:14-15], we could provide “thus sayeth the Lord” passages for all of the errors that the ACELC has identified in the LCMS [see Founding Documents on the ACELC website], as well as contemporary errors.

These issues with which we struggle as Christian brothers and sisters in the LCMS are not unimportant. They actually do involve judgment, salvation, and God’s truth revealed in Holy Scripture. These are not matters of opinions, preferences, or convictions – they are God’s objective truths. As our Lord Jesus Christ says, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (St. John 8:31-32).

The evil one has been asking the question from the beginning, “Did God actually say …?” From the beginning, the devil has sought to deceive God’s children, diverting them from God’s Word so that they might follow him. He’s not very cutting edge, in that he is still using his old playbook – but his lies are still effective, and harmful, today. And that’s the point, there is harm being done! Out of love for our neighbor, we must not allow the devil’s lies to stand, and must boldly confess what God actually says.

It is towards this end that we are trying a new format at our 2023 ACELC Conference. The theme for this year’s conference is “The Aim of Our Charge” from 1 Timothy 1:3-5. “The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.” Our wonderful lineup of speakers will set before us the flow from “a sincere faith” (based on what God actually says), to “a good conscience” and “a pure heart” to “the aim of our charge” which is “love” for our neighbor. What is new to our format is that after each speaker we will have breakout sessions in which conference attendees will have the opportunity to digest the presentation with others and discuss the implications and applications for our life together in the church.

We hope that you will be able to join us for this year’s conference, graciously hosted by Advent Lutheran Church in Zionsville, IN. Help us to attain to the “aim of our charge.”

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Rev. Scott T. Porath, Chairman
ACELC Board of Directors


2023 Conference

The Aim of Our Charge
July 11-13, 2023
Advent Lutheran Church, Zionsville, IN

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  • The Rev. Dr. Peter Scaer, Professor at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN
  • The Rev. Dr. David Petersen, Pastor at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, IN
  • The Rev. Dr. Richard Stuckwisch, President of the Indiana District, LCMS
  • The Rev. Jonathan Fisk, Pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Rockford, IL
  • The Rev. Hans Fiene, Pastor at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Crestwood, MO

Past Conference Presentations:

Catechesis and Synodical Unity, 2022

Ecclesiastical Supervision, 2021

The Church's Mission & Evangelistic Task, 2019

Unionism & Syncretism, 2018

The Order of Creation, 2017

Dispute Resolution, 2016

Unbiblical Removal of Pastors, 2015

Office of the Holy Ministry, 2014

The Divine Service, 2013

The Lord’s Supper!, 2012

Addressing Error in The LCMS, 2011


This video serves as a great discussion prompter for congregations, gatherings of circuit pastors, districts—all who care about the spiritual well-being of our brothers and sisters in Christ within the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. It spells out clearly the issues of doctrine and practice that continue to cause division within our synod and threaten our ability to walk together. It also shows our desire assist in the return to faithfulness within our synod.

We encourage you to watch this video, and use the study guides, as we together seek to deal with such issues, guided by the Holy Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions. We pray that these resources, and others available through the ACELC website, will be a blessing to you and our synod. We welcome your feedback.

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