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.

Published by Lutheran Zephyr

Spouse. Parent. Lutheran Pastor. National Guardsman. Political Junkie. Baseball Fan.

5 thoughts on “We Don’t Hate the Mennonites Anymore!

  1. 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.

  2. 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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