Doctrinal discussions continue between the CLC, the ELS, and WELS

Representatives from the Church of the Lutheran Confession, the Evangelical Lutheran Synod, and the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod met in Waukesha, Wis., on Nov. 13 to continue formal doctrinal discussions. The group made final edits to a joint statement on the biblical doctrine of fellowship. This statement had been adopted as a draft by the group in an earlier meeting and had been shared with the doctrinal committees of all three synods. Comments from those committees were considered in the writing of the latest draft. The revised statement will be shared again with the doctrinal committees for additional input.

The group also spent a portion of the meeting addressing how the biblical doctrine of fellowship is applied in various situations. One significant area of discussion is how the biblical fellowship principles impact participation in various organizations that may have religious elements in their governing documents or in how the organizations function. Another subject for discussion was the biblical doctrine of the role of men and women in the church, in marriage, and in society. Discussion of these matters will continue at the next meeting, planned for early in 2016.

The talks have been constructive and positive, with all involved fully committed to a faithful understanding and application of God’s Word.