LCMS Pastor Apologizes for Praying at Newtown
From the Bad Church PR department: A Connecticut pastor who took part in the recent interfaith prayer vigil after the Newtown shootings was asked to apologize by the President of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod. In a letter to the denomination sent earlier this month, Pastor Matthew Harrison said:
I asked Pastor Morris to apologize for taking part in this service. I did this for several reasons:
- I believe his participation violated the limits set by Scripture regarding joint worship, particularly with those who reject Jesus (Romans 16:17), and was thus a violation of Article VI of the LCMS Constitution.
- Pastor Morris’s participation gave offense in the Synod, something we are to avoid, even if we are doing something we believe might be appropriate (1 Corinthians 8).
- I most sincerely desire to avoid deep and public contention in the Synod. Our mission is too vital, our fellowship too fragile for a drawn out controversy.
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