I Have Posted My Last Critique of the High Church Movement in The LCMS — Here is Why
I have posted my last criticism of the high church movement in The LCMS. Why? Unless and until our Synod deals, decisively and finally, with situations described in this post, there is simply no point in any further comments about the high church trends among us. The situation you will read about below is far, far more of a threat to our confessional identity than anything else we presently face. The question simply is this: are we, or are we not, going to be Lutheran? Read on.
A person sent me a link to a LCMS mission congregation, which has been held up around the Missouri Synod by some as a model of how we should be doing church and ministry. They invited a non-Lutheran singer/speaker not only to perform for them, but to take the stage to deliver the sermon during their “worship experience.” This mission congregation does not describe itself as Lutheran and has not a word on its web site in its core values about any means of grace theology. I suppose however you could say that this is merely truth in advertising.
That it happened is undeniable. It is now a public link on their web site. Perhaps the district sponsoring this mission congregation will help us all understand why, and how, this flagrant violation of our confessional commitments happened.
The person giving the sermon is Shaun Groves. Who is he? “Shaun Groves is a communicator who’s known by a lot of titles: Singer/songwriter. Speaker. Blogger. Husband. Daddy. Friend. He feels and thinks deeply and laughs easily. And he’s helping Christians discover what they were saved for, and being a voice for children around the world, desperate to be saved from poverty.” Here’s a link to his web site.
And, here’s a picture of the sermon delivery.