President Matthew Harrison of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod in response to a cultural shift away from Christian morals wrote to the pastors of the church, quoting the recently deceased Cardinal George of the Catholic Church: “I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison, and his successor will die in the public square. His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the church has done so often in human history.”
Immorality is seeking to be tolerated by way of legal sanction. However, what is evil and false is never content to be tolerated; it must gain the power to suppress all opposition. This is why the Cardinal gave such a disconcerting prediction. By God’s grace His Word as it is faithfully proclaimed will continue to call many to repentance and the life of forgiveness with the living hope in Christ Jesus. Come hear that Word at Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.
“But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you. To the one who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also” (Luke 6:27-29). People often smirk at these words of our Lord Jesus Christ. One can easily predict that as our culture turns away from Biblical morals—men and women defying God’s created order for marriage as a life-long union, promoting same sex unions, exercising the right to end life both at the beginning of life and also as a life becomes more difficult toward the end—those who calmly but firmly say, “These things are wrong; those who do these things will incur the anger of God,” will be hated, cursed, and spitefully used. The same may be said of those who with conviction declare that “salvation, forgiveness of these sins, is provided in no other religion than that of the crucified and risen Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 4:12). Our multicultural, pluralistic culture will count the Christian as the enemy.
Christians are admonished, “Take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day” (Ephesians 6). To be able to stand, yet not to fight back or seek revenge, is the gift of the Holy Spirit working through the Word of God. Hear that Word at Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.
Jesus said, “I will send Him (the Holy Spirit) to you. And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and righteousness, and of judgment….He will glorify Me” (John 16:7-14). “The Spirit of Truth who proceeds from the Father will testify of Me” (15:26). “No one can say that Jesus is LORD except by the Holy Spirit” (1 Cor. 12:3). Those who turned from an evil life to Christ are described: “Such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the SPIRIT OF OUR GOD” (1 Cor. 6:11). He saved us by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit which He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior” (Titus 3:5-6).
Members of The Lutheran Church confess, “I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ my Lord, or come to him; but the Holy Spirit has called me by the Gospel, enlightened me with His gifts, sanctified, and kept me in the true faith.” Receive this working of the Holy Spirit this Sunday at Peace Lutheran Church. Service time is 10:00 a.m.
“Speak the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15). Christians are being choked by “political correctness.” This is happening with the moral and family issues. Many keep their mouths shut to avoid the charge of being loveless. Of even greater significance are the pressures of “multiculturalism” and “pluralism.” This is the notion that all religions and cultures are equally good, and that it is “politically incorrect” to say anything negative about another religion or culture, even when it is true.
In the context of the Biblical command, “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Leviticus 19:17), love is defined as “You shall surely rebuke your neighbor, and not bear sin because of him.” “Speaking the truth in love” includes kindly telling a person his lifestyle is sin or that his religion is false. “Speaking the truth in love” means declaring to our multicultural society, “Salvation is found in no one else; for there is no other name (the name of Jesus Christ, who was crucified and arose from the dead) under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). As our culture would like to choke them, God give grace to all believers in Christ to speak this truth in love. Be encouraged at Peace Lutheran Church. Service time is 10:00 a.m. Sundays.
Here is a paragraph of an open letter sent by the president of The Lutheran Church—Synod and signed by 35 other church leaders across America.
“The state has a compelling interest in maintaining marriage as it has been understood across faiths and cultures for millennia because it has a compelling interest in the well-being of children. Every child has a mother and father, and every child deserves the opportunity, whenever possible, to be raised by his or her own mother and father in a stable, loving home. Marriage as a union of a man and woman is the only institution that encourages and safeguards the connection between children and their mother and father. Although the connection cannot always be realized and sustained—and many single parents, for example are heroic in their efforts to raise their children—it is in the best interests of the state to encourage and uphold the family founded on marriage and to afford the union of husband and wife unique legal protection and reinforcement.”
Peace Lutheran Church happily endorses this letter. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.