If you have a care and concern for faithful Lutheran witness, careful and steadfast churchmanship, and a concern to pass on the faith as faithfully as it was received, it will warm your heart to read and rejoice in the covenant proposed for the renewal of the faith (and not just a concern for the ordination of women) by Dr. Gregory Lockwood. The Lord of the Church is being well served by folks like Dr. Lockwood and the many who have joined in his call to renewal. God bless you all who heed the call and endeavor to remain steadfast and immovable in the orthodox and catholic faith.
Read the document here. . .
Okay, I cannot help myself. Here is the conclusion:
We have prepared these theses for our mutual encouragement and as an appeal to all LCA members to join us in our endeavour to uphold the authority of God’s Word.
We commit ourselves to provide sound biblical teaching in line with these theses, and thereby promote renewal within the Church.
We are thankful for the unity God gave the LCA at its inception. With his help we will strive to preserve that unity on the basis of the common confession of the two former churches. We pledge ourselves to work for the building up of the church in love, so that it will grow to maturity in Christ in its life and mission, and not be blown around by every wind of doctrine. (Ephesians 4:14-16)
In order to avoid the disunity and division fuelled by the critical attitudes of some towards our foundational documents, and in order to resolve the issues that have arisen among us, we reaffirm the following thesis on ‘Principles governing church fellowship’:
Where differences in teaching and practice exist or arise between Churches uniting, these differences are to be removed by willingly submitting to the authority of the Word of God. Where a difference in teaching or practice is a departure from the doctrine of the Bible, such difference cannot be tolerated, but must be pointed out as an error, on the basis of clear passages of Holy Writ; and if the error is persisted in, in spite of instruction, warning, and earnest witness, it must at last lead to a separation.In adopting this covenant, we invite you, the Pastors and lay-members of the LCA, to
append your names to ours as we pledge to uphold and promote the LCA’s confessional basis, so that the church rediscovers fullness of joy in Christ and his Word.