Opinion Summary from 3 people ranging from Damaging to Pass with an average of No
|Damaging||Despite resolutions from the 2010 and 2013 conventions directing the CTCR to complete a requested study on cremation by December 2015, no such study was done.
Instead there is a LCC-CTCR 2011 document, “Cremation and The Christian,” linked with Resolution 5-17, To Commend the Lutheran Church—Canada CTCR Report, “Cremation and the Christian.”
While the LCC-CTCR document correctly claims,"The Church does not seek to unduly burden the conscience of the Christian with new laws and so teach as doctrines the precepts of men." (p. 7), the LCC-CTCR does some pietistic sophistry after it admits there is no Scriptural prohibition of cremation (p. 6):
"Although there is no Word of the Lord that forbids the practice of cremation, clearly the traditional Christian form of burial is more in keeping with our faith. The intentional destruction of the human body after death may be free to us under the Gospel, but the practice is neither helpful nor up-building in making a clear confession of our faith in the bodily resurrection of the dead."
The LCC-CTCR Report should NOT be commended to pastors and congregations for study and discussion until the above section and any other similar misleading texts are removed by the CTCR, as they, in fact, corrected their FAQ on cremation in 2011 by removing similar misleading text and heterodox references that had been placed there sometime in late 2009 or early 2010.
"It strengthens us to make a stronger (anti-gnostic) confession of the importance of the body, while not condemning folks for doing otherwise."
No it doesn't. Futhermore the LCC-CTCR does NOT do "a stellar job at communicating the Scriptural axiom."
The LCC-CTCR claims: "The Church does not seek to unduly burden the conscience of the Christian with new laws" and "there is no Word of the Lord that forbids the practice of cremation." But then the LCC-CTCR speaks from the other side of its mouth to claim that "the practice [of cremation] is neither helpful nor up-building in making a clear confession of our faith in the bodily resurrection of the dead."
By claiming cremation is not helpful or upbuilding for a clear confession of faith, the LCC-CTCR claims to speak for God what God has not spoken. Per the Second Commandment, that is blasphemy!
|Pass||I've been using this LCC-CTCR document for years in the context of teaching the great Christian hope of the resurrection of the body and life in the age to come. I truly think it does a stellar job at communicating the Scriptural axiom that "all things are lawful, but not all things are helpful," and that, because we aren't biblicists, we recognize that there are things that aren't specifically spoken to in Scripture that still have a significant impact on the biblical teaching and proclamation of the pure Gospel and (in this case) what that Gospel message means for us in the Eschaton. It strengthens us to make a stronger (anti-gnostic) confession of the importance of the body, while not condemning folks for doing otherwise.||06/20 06:18pm|
|No||I think it would be good to discuss the issue of cremation. But the CTCR sited makes too many unspoken assumptions about current burial practices. It mentions nothing about embalming or donating ones body to science, which can be argued are not treating the body in a dignified matter.
Also I believe this CTCR burdens the Christian conscience and pocket unduly.
Use the Login tab to login or create a login so you can register your opinion on these resolutions.