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Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
Reasoning:

“God has delegated His authority of punishing evil-doers to civil magistrates in place of parents; in early times, as we read in Moses, parents had to bring their own children to judgment and sentence them to death. Therefore what is forbidden here applies to private individuals, not to governments.

Therefore be it Resolved, That The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod declare that capital punishment is in accord with the Holy Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions.”

Resolution 2-38 of the New York convention of the Synod, 1967

Description:

“On April 26, 1847, 12 pastors representing 15 congregations signed a constitution that established “The German Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Missouri, Ohio and Other States.” Today, The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (the name was shortened on its 100th anniversary) has 6,150 congregations served by more than 9,000 professional church workers.

The Lutheran Church&–Missouri Synod, with 2.5 million baptized members, ranks as the second largest Lutheran church body in North America and the 11th largest denomination in the USA.”

“About Us,” www.lcms.org (accessed July 29, 2008)

Mission:

“In grateful response to God’s grace and empowered by the Holy Spirit through Word and Sacraments, the mission of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod is vigorously to make known the love of Christ by word and deed within our churches, communities, and the world.”

“About Us,” www.lcms.org (accessed July 29, 2008)

Other:
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Quoted in:
  1. Does Christianity Support the Death Penalty?