Regarding articles such as "Lutherans Pass Gay-Clergy Plan" (Aug. 22) and "Local Reaction Mixed on Lutheran Vote Accepting ‘Monogamous' Gay Clergy (Aug. 25): We are not those Lutherans.
Rather, with the Holy Bible and universal Christian practice, we affirm God's will for human nature and sexuality. His will speaks to humanity's sin and his forgiveness and transformation for us all. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has set aside God's Word and rejected his will; in so doing, the ELCA is condoning and even promoting sin and its consequences.
However, we local pastors in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod welcome all who seek to be formed for new life by Jesus Christ and his spirit, and not by the faddish "spirit of the age."
REV. ERIC R. ANDRAE
First Trinity Lutheran Church, Shadyside
The letter was signed by 21 other pastors of Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod churches in the region.