Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Missouri District critical of current adminstration direction

The Missouri District passed a series of resolutions demonstrating a critical concern with the direction the current adminstration has lead the Synod in recent years. Again we find another district with grave concerns regarding the growing authority of the synodical president and CCM and the growing trend of endorsing practices that dismiss Biblical teaching as being currently relevant in today's world.

From their News Synopsis

Resolution 2-04A was proposed to the convention: “To memorialize Synod to create a procedure for Synodical review of CCM opinions.” The resolution passed.

Resolution 2-07A was proposed to the convention: “To memorialize Synod to review the role of women in the Church.” The resolution passed.

Resolution 2-05A was proposed to the convention: “To memorialize Synod to amend bylaws on dispute resolution.” The resolution passed.

Resolution 2-06 was proposed to the convention: “To memorialize Synod to direct the CTCR to restudy guidelines for participation in civic events.” The resolution passed.

Resolution 2-03 was proposed to the convention: “To memorialize Synod to overrule CCM opinion 02-2296.” The resolution passed.

Resolution 2-02 was proposed to the convention: “To memorialize Synod to specify Synodical president’s duty to ‘call up for review.’” The resolution passed.

Resolution 2-08 was proposed to the convention: “To encourage the Missouri District president, pastors and congregations with regard to church discipline.” The resolution passed.

Resolution 2-09 was proposed to the convention: “To affirm congregations to use Synodical guidelines for worship.” The resolution passed.

Rev Dr. Preus spoke regarding being Christian in a postmodern world. Perhaps the challenge facing us can be summed up with this description of a section of his address.

The Church is apostolic and must continue proclaiming Christ and teaching God’s Word in distinction from the permissive diversity of other “truth claims.” As Christians, we cannot have a changing, unauthoritative message that caters to the American craving for novelty. The message is God’s, it remains apostolic in its authority, and He has bestowed it upon the Church to live and give.

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