Here it is in total:
I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I can do no other, so help me God. Amen.–Martin Luther–
My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Recent historical events have taken place within the denomination that you call your own, as many of you well know and are concerned about. There are rumblings throughout our communities, and we see in the news many stories about decline in attendance and giving. For some, this has soured you on the institutional church, and you have separated from all fellowship. Some have moved on to other churches, and others are sitting quietly in the churches, hurting on the inside, but desiring the family and the fellowship of friends that you have made over the years.
I am inviting you to come out. Jesus Christ is calling you to come out.
The Church is not a social club, nor is it a building or a method of worship. The Church is the living body of Jesus Christ. Individuals who have trusted Christ alone for salvation, like some Lutherans, are part of that universal and invisible body. Martin Luther was a great example of this, upon realizing by the scripture that the Just shall live by faith (Romans 1:16-17) came out of the church that He was a part of very loudly by posting the 95 theses on the Wittenburg door. His protest was in part of the un-biblical use of indulgences. Luther cared about the scripture, and what it taught about His Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. When the Roman Catholic Church refused to follow the scripture, Martin Luther had to leave, he had to take a stand.
ELCA Lutheran Christians today must take a stand.
Those who have simply left the church must take a stand for the true church, the invisible body of Jesus Christ, and choose a local church that takes the Bible and Church practices seriously, so that they can be built up and restored in Christ. Those who are sitting in the ELCA church, waiting it out and hoping that things will change, while staying silent must come out, taking a stand for all that the Bible teaches. What we communicate when we remain a part of an apostate church is that we do not take the Bible seriously, and that we do not fear God. While unity in the Body of Christ is important, it is equally important that we are unified in truth.
In Revelation 3:20, we see Jesus knocking on the door. It is not the door of an individual heart, as has been taught by many, but the door of the church in Laodecia:
14 “And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation.
15 “‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! 16 So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. 17 For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see. 19 Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. 21 The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’”
Jesus Christ is outside the door of the apostate church, who see themselves as wise, prosperous, and in need of nothing. The ELCA has the gospel and the sacraments, and have chosen to disdain both by departing from scripture and right practice by recent votes held by the national church. Local ELCA churches, whether or not they abide by that vote have the unfortunate scar of that vote on their churches. Individuals who continue to attend also share in that guilt.
Open the door to Jesus, His word, and His life. Repent! Come out from among them and be separate. Seek a Bible teaching Church in your community. Join with Luther and others throughout history who have made a stand on the Word of God at great risk to their status, their families, and their relationships. God will bless that stand of faith that you take, and in some cases you may give others the courage to take a stand themselves.
The ELCA has made its choice, along with the Episcopal and other mainline denominational churches, taking a stand against the Word of God. In doing so, they have become apostate. Come out from them, separate from them, and join with Luther and other reformers who have made a stand at risk of life and limb on the Word of God, trusting in God alone to be their Savior and protector.
We here agree with Pastorboy aka (name witheld upon request) as it seems Lutherans have gone off the path Luther blazed over 500 years ago. In fact, many Lutherans now accept Jews, believe the book of James and Hebrews are part of the cannon of Scripture. Even the RCC has begun to state positive things about the Lutherans!
Chris Rosebrough, a Lutheran, as well as Ingrid Shuelter (who may also have Lutheran leanings as she partakes in advent against Ken Silva’s clear teaching of its pagan origins) have yet to comment or leave the Lutheran church per Pastorboy’s aka (Name withheld upon request) open letter. We also attempted to ask why Pastorboy aka (Name withheld upon request) still had a picture of the now apostate Lutheran leader Martin Luther as his header on his blog and he has yet to give us an answer.