The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Wisconsin bishops respond to LCMS president's ad

Barry criticizes the 'Joint Declaration'

Wisconsin's six ELCA and eight Roman Catholic bishops said they were "saddened" to read a statement by A.L. Barry, president of the Lutheran Church­Missouri Synod, criticizing the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification.

The declaration, signed by Lutheran World Federation and Vatican officials Oct. 31, states: "By grace alone, in faith in Christ's saving work and not because of any merit on our part, we are accepted by God and receive the Holy Spirit."

The Wisconsin bishops placed a Dec. 19 ad in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in response to an ad that Barry placed in USA Today and 15 other newspapers in cities with significant numbers of Lutherans, including Milwaukee. Barry said his ad was placed to explain why the LCMS does not support the agreement.

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