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From the editor
In 2011, Pew Research reported that there were 2.18 billion Christians in the world. Other reports indicate that those two billion Christians are separated among as many as 40,000 different denominations. So, how are we to be a part of the Nicene Creed’s “one holy Christian and apostolic Church” when we as the Church feel so divided?
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod abides in and by our Lord and His Word. Not all churches do. That’s why this issue of The Lutheran Witness clarifies those differences and explains why they matter.
In “Free in Christ,” the Rev. Aaron Moldenhauer focuses on the freedom of living in and by God’s Word alone and what happens to church bodies who replace that Word with their own.
You’ll also find a “How Are We Different?” reference chart that outlines the distinctions between several denominations’ historic statements of faith and why they believe what they believe.
The Rev. James Chinery explains in “Finding Home” why his study of God’s Word compelled him to leave the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) to join The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS).
“The Life of the Baptized” follows the journey of eastern Iowa Christians seeking a faithful church, finding it in the LCMS and planting a church because of it. You’ll also learn more about developing global news regarding the Ethiopian Lutheran Church Mekane Yesus and why doctrinal issues have caused one of the largest Lutheran church bodies to part ways with the ELCA.
The Rev. Jeff Hemmer, in “Competing Confessions,” outlines specific ways the Church can be of help to those families whose parents don’t worship in the same denomination. And in “Impossible to Contradict,” the Rev. David Ramirez explains the difference in churches that believe the Bible contains God’s Word and churches that believe the Bible is God’s Word.
Amid those 2.18 billion Christians are 2.3 million LCMS Lutherans. “We have an answer for our beliefs. They are not just our opinions,” writes the Rev. Aaron Moldenhauer. “They are the truths revealed in God’s Word. They point us to Him who is the truth and the life, to Jesus.”
Adriane Heins, Managing Editor
The Lutheran Witness