The Lutheran Jihad Marches On
Opinion Roundup: 'Praying in Their Midst'
Under what circumstances is it appropriate for Christians to worship or pray with non-Christians?
By Todd Hertz | posted 12/06/01, from Christianity
Today. Used without permission.
Two pastors in the 2.6 million-member Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod
(LCMS) have accused denomination president Gerald B. Kieschnick of promoting syncretism and unionism.
They say he should be stripped of the presidency and expelled as a member.
This is the most publicized incident in a rising debate over prayer with other faiths, but it is not the only one. The September 11 terrorist attacks spurred
an increase of unity services and interfaith eventsóleaving many to question the limits of religious unity.
Kieschnick, the LCMS president since September 8 2001, supported a pastor's participation in an interfaith service at Yankee Stadium.
Accusers say this promoted syncretism, the blending of elements from different religions.
Days after the destruction of the World Trade Center, Kieschnick toured Ground Zero.
Afterward, he prayed at a Manhattan church with Evangelical Lutheran Church
in America (ELCA) clergy. [That's the other major Lutheran
denomination.] The two LCMS pastors say this action was a display of unionism, the practice of Christian groups
worshiping together as if their doctrines were the same. [Which, for the
Lutheran Jihad, is worse than adultery or child molestation.
Remember, and I've tried to teach you people this over and over, how you live does
not matter. Only what you believe has any value!)
So, in case there's any doubt here about what's going on, only the LCMS has
the real "gospel." After the terrorists destroy the WTC
9/11/2001, the president (oh, yes, the Lutherans have presidents & all that,
and just try to find that in your Bible) prays with OTHER LUTHERANS (but
from the wrong Lutheran group, you see), and he's now facing impeachment, and
And people think I'M crazy?!?