Opinion Summary from 2 people ranging from Damaging to Pass with an average of Don't care
|Damaging||Resolution 5-01, To Endorse Altar and Pulpit Fellowship with the Lutheran Church in Norway, admits that the LCN public confessional subscription is not to the entire Book of Concord of 1580. The LCN's website verifies this lack of an unqualified BOC subscription.
"Taken at face value, that could very well mean a quia subscription to the whole thing"
Taken at face value, if it had meant a quia subscription, then the statement would not have distinguished between the two ways in which the different Lutheran Symbols are treated.
This is selective fellowship between the LCN and the LCMS, which is contrary to the clear official position on A&P fellowship in the LCMS documentation.
Such a "Selective A&P Fellowship” is contrary to the doctrine of the Evangelical Lutheran Church and the position of the LCMS, including "A Theological Statement for Mission in the 21st Century," also to be presented to the 2016 Convention delegates for approval. The Statement's Section 11 reads: "Lutheran mission is defined by an unqualified (quia) subscription to The Book of Concord as the correct exposition of the Holy Scriptures.”
"The Lutheran Understanding of Church Fellowship" (https://www.lcms.org/Document.fdoc?src=lcm&id=2287) and the 2014-updated "Policy for the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod Declaring Altar and Pulpit Fellowship with Another Church Body" (http://www.lcms.org/Document.fdoc?src=lcm&id=324) also have a fellowship requirement of a BOC subscription without reservation.
|Pass||It would help to have some clarification on what is meant by "As has been the practice among Scandinavian Lutherans, it subscribes to the three ecumenical creeds, the Small Catechism, and the Augsburg Confession, with the Book of Concord as authoritative for interpreting these documents." What is meant by "authoritative"? Taken at face value, that could very well mean a quia subscription to the whole thing, but with a primary focus on the creeds, Small Catechism, and AC. If that is indeed what is intended, it would be a wonderful blessing indeed and important to pass this resolution. Though, what is intended might need to be further delineated.||06/20 06:00pm|
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