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The Birth of the North American Lutheran Church

August 27th, 2010
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Congratulations to those in Columbus, Ohio who just formed The North American Lutheran Church today in Columbus, Ohio. The NALC web site is: http://www.thenalc.org

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?

Let us keep them in our prayers and do all we can to be of help and support to them and so, by God’s grace, strengthen their confession, to any extent possible, according to His good and gracious will.

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  1. August 27th, 2010 at 11:35 | #1

    Thank you Pastor McCain for the timely posting and the prayerful attitude. I will definitely be praying for them as I know many pray for us in our own struggles.

  2. Bethany Kilcrease
    August 27th, 2010 at 14:41 | #2

    Congratulations are certainly in order for the founding churches of the NALC. It really does take guts to separate from the church body in which you’ve lived perhaps your whole life. This is probably especially true for many of the new NALC members whose ecclesiology would have made a break especially painful. Despite some theological disagreements with the NALC people, I can also agree with Pastor McCain that these folks are attempting to reform their branch of Lutheranism and I hope they can be a revitalizing force for American Lutheranism outside of the LCMS and smaller synods.

    Bethany Kilcrease

  3. August 27th, 2010 at 19:27 | #3

    Bethany:

    I agree. This is an enormously difficult path the NALC has chosen.

  4. August 27th, 2010 at 20:30 | #4

    This could well become my new “church body.” Or it may not; time will tell. I haqve been praying about the rightness of bringing together some other folks for a plant in my area (we are well out of healthy range of an LC-MS or a remotely orthodox ELCA congregation). I really appreciate Pr. McCain’s prayers and kindness. These people (and yours truly and some of his loved ones) have not had an easy time.

  5. Rob Buechler
    August 28th, 2010 at 11:02 | #5

    This could well be the “AELC” only in reverse. They were not kicked out but left because of the revisionism that has taken over the ELCA. I congratulate them on their firmness to move forward in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and commend them for their being courageous in the Spirit of our Lord. I pray that they will come to grips more firmly with the inerrant, infallible Word of God. If they should move forward into a right understanding of Scripture then I believe they will catch on very quickly. The Lord blesses obedience to His Word.

    Peace in the Lord Jesus Christ!
    Rob Buechler

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