We Don’t Hate the Mennonites Anymore!

The Lutherans – at least, the ELCA type – have formally rejected the hyper-critical, Reformation-era condemnations of Anabaptists put forth by Luther, Melancthon, and others (read press release here).  Evidently, we no longer believe that the government should persecute protestants who believe in adult baptism.  Whew.  What a relief.  No word yet on whether the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, or the Canadians still support police action against the Mennonites.

I do not want to belittle the importance of renouncing the sins of previous generations, but can we get back to the 21st century?  Thanks.


  1. LP · November 17, 2006

    So we repudiated government persecution. Does this mean we can still persecute them on our own time with our own resources?

  2. RuthRE · November 18, 2006

    heh heh

  3. Rick Ritchie · November 21, 2006

    I hear that the apology was well-received. They just sent Martin Luther a belated “Get Well Soon” card for his gallstones.

  4. Lemonholm · November 21, 2006

    When our church’s Constitution states that the Augsburg Confession and the rest of the Book of Concord are, respectively, “a true witness to the Gospel” and “valid interpretations of the faith of the Church,” then it’s probably a good idea to let our Mennonite friends know that we no longer think they suck, although we may still disagree with them.

  5. Lemonholm · November 21, 2006

    Also, it’s actually a good question whether or not our Mo Synod or WELS brothers would publicly repudiate 16th century Lutheran condemnations of Anabaptists. Wouldn’t that compromise their “unconditional subscription” to the Confessions?

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