The Voters Assembly of Christ Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls, SD, adopted the following overture at its regular meeting of January 13, 2013. The overture was submitted to the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod for adoption at the convention being held July 20-25 in St. Louis. The overture is printed on pages 178 and 179 of the 2013 Convention Workbook.

 

To Memorialize the Synod to Reaffirm the Doctrine of the Office of the Holy Ministry and Rescind 1989 Res. 3-05B

Whereas, Our Lord Jesus Christ has granted to His church the gift of the office of the holy ministry (John 20:21-23, Eph. 4:11, Matt. 28:19-20); and

Whereas, Christ has declared to those who have been placed into this office by Him, “He who hears you hears Me” (Luke 10:16); and

Whereas, our Lutheran Confessions make it abundantly clear that those who have been placed into this office stand in the stead and by the command of Christ so that as it is Christ Himself Who through the office pronounces absolution to His people, baptizes them, distributes His body and blood to them in the Holy Supper and preaches to and teaches them through the voice of the called minister (SC V 27, AC V; XIV; XXV; Ap XIII 12; VII 28; XIV 1; XII 39-41; AC XXVIII 8-9; Ap. XXVIII 19); and

Whereas, the 1989 Synod in convention (Res. 3-05B) at Wichita, Kansas, allowed for lay people to preach and administer Sacraments publicly in LCMS congregations at worship, though this is contrary to Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions, as stated above; therefore be it

Resolved, That the Synod reaffirm the doctrine of the office of the holy ministry; and be it further

Resolved, That the Synod reaffirm the confessions’ position that, according to ecclesiastical order and its functions, “no one should publicly teach in the church or administer the Sacraments unless he be regularly called” (AC XIV). In upholding this position, we guard against confusion the uniqueness of this office its functions with the identity and responsibilities of the priesthood of all believers; and be it further

Resolved, That the Synod through her district Presidents, district Vice Presidents, and circuit counselors assist the congregations of the Synod in upholding this doctrine of Christ; and be it further

Resolved, That the Synod promote and instruct her congregations, educational institutions and agencies in this essential confessional doctrine concerning the office of the holy ministry; and be it further

Resolved, That the Synod rescind 1989 resolution 3-05B; and be it further

Resolved, That the Synod reaffirm 1995 resolution 3-07A (Rescinded at the 2001 convention); and be it finally

Resolved, That the Synod no longer authorize its districts to place into the ministry of the word and sacrament men who are not regularly called according to AC XIV.