|The Scribe and the Pharisee, by Dore.|
Pastors Paul Nol ng, Bruce Naumann, and I met with the WELS/ELS representives on April
17th on the ILC campus. The discussions again focused on what Scripture teaches regarding the terminati on of fellowship, and in par cular, the terminati on of fellowship with false-teaching church bodies.
I thank the Lord for the opportunity. I believe the talks were fruitful
and I am hopeful that at our next mee ting in Mankato at the end of August final wording of a
joint document on this issue can be agreed upon. The prayer of all is that the Spirit would
bring about God-pleasing fellowship based on full agreement on the doctrines of Scripture. I
am encouraged by the meeti ngs we have had. Of course, much lies ahead. If there is
agreement on the doctrine of termina tion of fellowship, a number of other matters of doctrine
and practi ce, such as the proper Scriptural view and approach toward fraternal faith-based
groups like Thrivent need to be thoroughly discussed and agreed upon by all the bodies in
their Conven tions before fellowship could be restored. I and the other committee members
welcome your comments. However, as I have men tioned before, please refrain from using
Clergytalk to express your thoughts.
|Like the CLC (sic), WELS has no problem with convicted pastors.|