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It's because of nonsense like this that I belong to an ELCA church, and not a Missouri Synod church.
My God is better than your god! Really? The difference between trudge and God is God doesn't sit around thinking he's trudge.
"The church constitution bars clergy from praying with representatives from other religions, including some other Lutheran groups, for fear of giving the appearance that theological differences about salvation and other doctrines aren't significant." All the hand-wringing about young people not going to church? Maybe it has to do with making it clear your parsing of the Bible is so important it trumps showing sympathy for a mass murder of children.
Thank GOD that I don't believe in Religions!!!!
Wow. The fact that they openly reprimanded him in this situation bears witness to what their priorities are. Obviously not with serving one's community or standing by their side with compassion in times of crisis. What's more important - church politics or the actual teachings of Jesus? This is why I don't adhere to any organized religion.
Stories like this always make me sad that a few church bureaucrats can so misrepresent Jesus to the world. It must make Jesus weep.
Jesus himself had no use for legalism. He healed people on the Sabbath, in violation of religious laws. He associated with people of different religions and even shared meals with social outcasts. When the rules become more important than compassion, something is seriously wrong.
LCMS did a similar thing after 911. And they wonder why their church is shrinking.
After eight years of Missouri Synod parochial school, three more of confirmation, choir, Sunday School, etc., I left this cult-like denomination, never to return to organized religion.
Yet another example of why organized religion keeps losing members.
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