LC-MS Removes Rev. Dr. (and Prof) Matthew Becker From Its Role of Pastors

08 Jul
Prof Matthew Becker, Valparaiso University

Prof Matthew Becker, Valparaiso University

By now, many have heard the sad news that as of July 15 the Rev. Dr. Matthew Becker will be removed from the roster of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. Rev. Becker has been an LCMS pastor for twenty six years, and is currently a Professor at Valparaiso University after having also served several years in the Concordia University System. Rev. Becker has consistently and faithfully spoken out against increasingly narrow interpretations of scripture which in recent years have been embraced by synodical officials as mandatory for any who would consider themselves to be Christian.    Ordain Women Now – an organisation within the LCMS (Read more for further detail)  Read here for Matt Becker’s record of the event.

The expulsion of Matthew Becker is an attempt to homogenise the LC-MS so that it speaks with one narrow theological voice.  However, in these changing multi-cultural and diverse societies it is just not realistic to expect that our theology will be as one.  It is realistic, however, to expect that in our journeying together our theology will grow closer.

We believe that a church should be stable and loving enough to hold differences of theology lightly, and that diversity will bring strength, not weakness.

Joining a church is not a statement that we agree with every theological stance that it may take. Rather, it is a statement that we are willing to journey together as we engage with Christ in our lives and what that might mean for our interaction with society and those around us.

The expulsion of Matthew Becker, rather than being an act of healing, is an act of self-destruction which will most likely lead to further expulsions and departures from the LC-MS.  In the end, the Gospel is not about law, it is about love and forgiving one another in Christ.


Posted by on July 8, 2015 in politics


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9 responses to “LC-MS Removes Rev. Dr. (and Prof) Matthew Becker From Its Role of Pastors

  1. Jon

    July 8, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    Have you ever read Matthew 10 or Hebrews 4?

  2. Bread Breaker

    August 16, 2015 at 6:08 am

    May God keep you true…..

  3. Kevin Klingner

    November 8, 2015 at 6:00 am

    What you seem to forget in all uour musings and ponderings off liberal post modernist church issues is that in the new testament we are called to mark and avoid those who teach false teaching.Also our Lord also stresses that it is better for a teacher who leads even one of his children to have a mill stone placed around their neck and thrown down.
    This words are powerfull and uncompromising in what they say and that is that amy.false teaching even has come from an angel is to be completely rejected.

    • Katie and Martin

      December 3, 2015 at 9:53 pm

      Our Christ is the antithesis of yours. Our Christ showers grace, compassion and hope, your Christ – only judgement and legalism. The LC-MS in its fundamentalism offers little in interpreting Scripture, except literal, black and white proof-texting. Such a sectarian approach is less than convincing to a thinking population.

  4. Rev. Richard A. Bolland

    February 24, 2016 at 4:52 am

    Your Christ cannot speak for the ages. Your Christ has forfeited His immutability. Your Christ changes His mind with the passage of every cultural whim. Your Christ is a construct of sinful human reason and your Christ has been shrunken down to your own size. Your Christ is a false christ.

    • Katie and Martin

      February 27, 2016 at 1:38 pm

      Your Christ is small and petty. Your Christ is judgemental and condemning. Your Christ is a construct of your conservatism and your Christ is lacking grace. I think I’ll stand with world Lutheranism rather than LC-MS.
      The church’s understanding of Christ is evolving – thankfully! One of your deceased LC-MS presidents argued in favour of slavery.

  5. Jerry

    March 2, 2016 at 6:26 am

    Your Christ, Katie, allows for active homosexuals to be pastors, mine does not. Your allows for homosexuals to be married, mine does not. You want open mindedness? How about 5 wives for 1 man? No like? Why not? It’s ok in the old test. My Christ hates divorce, Yet you think it’s ok.
    Stop all abortions, Yet you think it’s ok.


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