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I will be leaving soon to the Middle East region and am wondering where the Lutheran Church stands on the issue of war.ANSWER: Members of the LCMS equally committed to scriptural teaching may have differing views regarding justification for war.Usage: Congregational use of FAQs does not require permission of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. 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.However, each reproduction should credit the LCMS as the source and include a link or URL to this page. Therefore what is forbidden here applies to private individuals, not to governments. 389]) "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." This does not mean that everyone who belongs to the LCMS or is a member of an LCMS congregation is conscience-bound to support the death penalty.13:4, which coincides with the fact that the 5th commandment does not forbid all "killing," but (as the Hebrew word used in Exodus 20 makes clear) sinful and unjustified killing, i.e., "murder." For more information on this topic, we encourage you to read the Commission on Theology and Church Relations report on , which includes discussions of "Christians, Violence and War," "Christian Conscience," etc.You may also want to contact the Synod's Ministry to the Armed Forces for additional guidance in responding to this situation.Does the LCMS retain the Rite of Exorcism as practiced in the Roman and Eastern Orthodox churches?
It should be noted, however, that some reputable medical doctors reject the Taoist theories of acupuncture and have developed psychological theories that may justify its practice.” Christians who are considering acupuncture treatment should note that even the Western physicians who do accept a limited use of acupuncture as a pain killer or anesthetic almost always see it as a temporary treatment for symptoms and not a cure.
ANSWER: The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod certainly believes in the existence of Satan and of demonic beings, and individual LCMS pastors have participated from time to time in rites of exorcism.
The LCMS has no "official position" on "demonic possession," however, nor does it subscribe officially to any formal rite of exorcism or have "special clergy assigned to this task." Return to Contemporary Issues FAQs | Return to main menu QUESTION: What is the LCMS view of gambling?
ANSWER: In February 1996, our Synod's Commission on Theology and Church Relations adopted a report titled The document stops short of saying that every form of gambling is in and of itself contrary to the Word of God and therefore sinful.
Read former Synod President Barry's statement on legalized gambling.