A recent headline reads, “Lutheran Task Force Recommends Recognition of Gay Unions.” Some Lutherans no longer look to the Bible as the Word of God. The Bible is not their final authority in doctrine and life style.
Hence they conclude that gay unions are acceptable and that gay people can serve as pastors in the church.
The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, of which Peace Lutheran Church is a member congregation, repudiates the sociological conclusion that gay is okay. Jesus said with regard to divorce, but also with regard to homosexuality, “From the beginning it was not so, but God made them male and female. For this cause a man…shall be joined to his wife” (Matt.
19:4-8). Gay unions, heterosexual relations apart from marriage, also divorce are a perversion of God’s created order. These are symptoms of hard and evil hearts (Matt. 19:8; Jeremiah 17:9) just as King David recognized when caught in his sin of adultery and murder, “I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me” (Ps. 51:5).
Come to Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E 42nd St., Texarkana, Arkansas, where Jesus Christ is proclaimed who gives a “clean heart and a right spirit” (Psalm 51:10). Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m. Lenten Services are Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.
Much blood has been and still is being shed in the name of religion.
Muslims forced conversions by the edge of the sword and people are to this day executed in some countries when they convert to another religion. The Crusaders slaughtered thousands in the name of Christianity during the Middle Ages. The Counter Reformation led to the massacre of millions in Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries. This carnage makes religion repugnant in the eyes of those who consider themselves “enlightened”.
Contrast the words of Jesus,”Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword” (Matt. 26:52). “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you” (Luke 6:27). “The weapons of our warfare are not carnal (swords, guns, etc.) but mighty in God (the simple preaching of the Gospel of Christ) for pulling down strongholds”
(2 Cor. 10:4).
Not religion but false religion is the cause of much bloodshed. The feet of natural man “are swift to shed blood” (Romans 3:15). The true religion of the compassionate Christ who gave His life that we may live enables His followers to lay down their lives (as sheep being slaughtered, Romans 8:36) that others may know Him who gives life.
Come to Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, Arkansas, to keep your focus on the Christ Who gave His life for you. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.
Jesus “went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil” (Acts 10:38). “He healed many who were sick with various diseases” (Mark 1:34). By His miracles of compassion and healing Jesus showed forth His glory as the Son of God and Savior of the world. His ministry of healing was a preview of the day of resurrection when “He will transform our lowly body that it may be fashioned like His glorious body” (Philippians 3:21)
Howard Haggard in his book, THE DOCTOR IN HISTORY, tells how the Romans “often fled in fear and left the sick to die without care.” L. Nelson Bell on his arrival in China as a missionary was shocked to see dogs dragging human body parts, later learning that these were of children abandoned in their sickness to die. Before there was any Christian influence there were no houses dedicated to the care of the sick.
In the pattern of their Savior who healed the sick, Christians established hospices to nurse and heal the sick and provide shelter for the poor. Hospitals are evidence of Christian influence.
Come to Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, Arkansas, where the love of Christ moves us to care for one another and our neighbor. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.
Widows were burned alive on their husbands funeral pyre in India. Little girls in China were crippled for life when their feet were bound. In twenty-six African countries the ritual of clitoridectomy is performed on girls. In ancient Rome the husband had absolute power over his wife.
Where Christianity has little or no influence these barbaric practices still prevail.
Women are honored when men are hearing, “Husbands, love your wife as Christ loved the Church and gave Himself up for her” (Ephesians 5:25).
And Jesus Christ redeemed all people by His death on the cross so that “male and female are one in Christ” (Galatians 3:28). The birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ was for our salvation, but it was also a turning point for women.
Come to Peace Lutheran Church,1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, Arkansas, where love and honor of each other grows out of Christ’s love for us.
Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.