The Birth of the North American Lutheran Church
I greatly and respect the courage of conviction that was required to form this new church body, the painful emotional experiences the founders of the NALC have been through and how they must be feeling at this point.
I believe their actions are inspiring and encouraging to all who love the Word of God and want to remain faithful to it.
I would offer my personal assurance of prayer to God that He would guide, bless and strengthen the leadership and members of the NALC with every grace. I look forward to any possible partnership, discussion and mutual conversation and consolation of the brethren, that we can be involved in and offer to one another!
I would plead with my fellow Missouri Synod Lutherans, and all Lutherans of good will, that today, now, at this particular moment, is not the time to criticize, castigate, condemn or bash The NALC, but simply today to recognize them as people who clearly want to do the right thing, and though we do, obviously, disagree with a number of their doctrinal positions and practices, surely we must, and can, admire the amount of personal courage and conviction it took for them to severe their ties with the apostasy of the ELCA?