ELCA Exposed News on Called To Common Mission
. . .CCM proponents reasoned, the time is long overdue for us to fulfill the original wishes of Luther, Melanchthon, and the Wittenberg Reformers. However, as this paper will clarify, the Reformers rejected any notion of episcopal succession or “historic episcopate. . . ”
. . .I am, therefore, disturbed that Called to Common Mission mandates acceptance of an ecclesial system as a prerequisite for altar and pulpit fellowship. It is enough that there be faithful preaching of the Gospel and administration of the sacraments. . .
(Website devoted to telling the truth behind Called to Common Mission) Called to Common Mission (CCM), the ecumenical agreement between the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the Episcopal Church in the USA, is arguably the greatest act of deception ever cultivated by an ecclesial denomination in the history of North America. . .
. . .Does he come by virtue of his own power, his own Word (Christ), directly to us, or must God be channeled to us through a clerical system which is endowed with a special power to make God / Jesus present. . .
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. . .For years ELCA leaders have promoted a false narrative about CCM, knowing that once the agreement was adopted, the ELCA would be locked into taking on the threefold order of ministry at some future time. . .
. . .At issue, we believe, is, not only the relationship between the ELCA and the Episcopal Church USA (ECUSA), but, even more importantly, the continuing commitment of the ELCA to be a denomination faithful to its own "Confession of Faith" as stated in its constitution and faithful to the Lutheran Confessions as found in The Book of Concord. . .
A letter to the Bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Written in 1998.