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The Ten Commandments

The Fifth Commandment

Sing or recite LSB 851



·        God forbids us to take the life of another person.  This forbids murder as we commonly understand it, as well as abortion, euthanasia, infanticide, and suicide.

·        Drug abuse and other means of abusing our bodies is forbidden in this commandment.

·        This commandment also forbids hatred of our neighbor.

 

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Current Issues

   Current Issues 

     Recently, the Supreme Court of the United States held that gay marriage is protected under the 14th Amendment, and therefore, is now legal in every state of the union.  There are many things that could be discussed regarding this decision, among them whether the court had the constitutional authority to do so.
    Our purpose this month is to discuss the re-definition of the foundational institution of every nation and society in human history.  All historical records of every civilization includes marriage as the union of a man and woman, through which children are born.  Families consisting of that structure have been the chief institution by which governing has taken place.  From a historical point of view, the court has overthrown the foundational institution of civilization in human history.
   Marriage between a man and a woman has been the foundation of structure within the Christian faith.  God instituted marriage in the Garden of Eden before the fall into sin.  Marriage was not a simple form of earthly governance, but an intentional creation of God.  He made Eve as a “helper suitable” for Adam (Genesis 2:18-24.)  God consistently ties marriage to the relationship He has with His people (i.e. Psalm 45; Song of Songs; Isaiah 62; Ephesians 5:21-33; Revelation 19:6-10).
    Christians cannot compromise marriage because it is a reflection of our relationship to God.  Ephesians 5 shows the reality of Jesus and the church, which is reflected in the loving relationship husbands have with their wives.  The relationship between Christ and the church is the Gospel, the heart of our faith.  To deny marriage as between a man and a woman is to deny who Jesus is and what He came to do.
    Whether or not non-Christians respect what Christians believe about marriage, they may ask themselves whether they are prepared the redefine the fundamental institution in human history for whatever supposed benefit that re-definition brings those involved.  This website has other teachings on family, and will continue to do so.  We invite your attention, questions, and comments.

What We Believe-Confession and the Office of the Keys

What We Believe

Confession and the Office of the Keys

Confession
*We confess the necessity of confessing our sins.
*We confess that we need to confess all sins to God, even those we are not aware of.
*We confess the benefit and need of confessing to our neighbor the sins we have committed against him/her.
*We confess that there is benefit to private confession before the pastor, but that it is for the comfort of the one doing so.
  It is not required.
*We confess that God absolves our sins by His grace.
*We confess our need for such absolution.
*We confess that absolution cannot be given to the unrepentant, nor withheld from those who repent.
*We confess that the absolution spoken by the pastor is from God Himself.
*We reject any excusing of sin or diminishing the need for forgiveness.
*We reject any notion that Christians are no longer sinners and thus, need not confess their sins or receive absolution.

What questions do you have about confession?

The Office of the Keys
*We confess that the forgiveness of sins unlocks heaven, and withholding forgiveness locks heaven.
*We confess that lack of repentance should be dealt with in a serious, yet loving manner.
*We confess that repentant sinners receive forgiveness.
*We confess that unrepentant sinners do not receive forgiveness.
*We confess that all efforts should be made to call the openly unrepentant to repent, using Matthew 18:15-20 as our guide.
*We acknowledge that in some cases it is necessary to pronounce excommunication (that the unrepentant has excluded himself/herself), but that this is always an attempt and desire to bring about repentance.
*We confess that Christ established the Office of the ministry to exercise this power, as well as to administer the ministry of Word and Sacrament in Christian congregations.
*We confess the biblical qualifications for the pastoral office and reject the bestowing of that office in contradiction of those qualifications.

What questions do you have about the Office of the Keys?

Assignment
Read John 1:1-18; John 20: 30-31; 2 Timothy 3:14-17; Hebrews 1:1-4; Revelation 22:18-19
Read Catechism Questions 2-12; 77; 84-85
Read Our Worship 6-11

 

 

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