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Missouri Synod: ELCA not orthodox

"We can't consider [the ELCA] to be an orthodox Lutheran church body," the Lutheran Church­Missouri Synod declared on the final day of its 61st convention, July 14-20 in St. Louis.

Gerald Kieschnick The sentence came from a report on recent ELCA-Missouri Synod discussions that LCMS President A.L. Barry filed before his death in March: "The LCMS indicated to the ELCA that in light of its theological direction we cannot consider them to be an orthodox Lutheran church body, and they expressed their feeling that precisely because we do not agree with their ecumenical agreements they regard us in a similar manner."


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