The Lutheran World Federation, the World and Rome
Rev. Angus Stewart
published in the Belfast
News Letter, 9 December, 2016
McManus accurately notes the considerable (but not complete)
agreement between the Roman church and the Lutheran World
Federation (LWF) on justification. His error, however, is in
attributing this to the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ.
The LWF is
a long way from the faithful doctrines of Martin Luther and
historic, confessional Lutheranism. Hence sounder Lutheran
churches want no part in it. Luther, the great Reformer,
would have denounced the LWF compromises on justification
and other doctrines in no uncertain terms!
The LWF is
filled with churches, especially those in the West, that
deride the verbal inspiration and infallibility of sacred
Scripture, for they are riddled with higher criticism of the
God the Father Almighty the Maker (and governor) of heaven
and earth, by believing in evolutionism and chance.
falsely claim that the Triune God, who sent His Son to be
crucified for the sins of His people, is the same as Islam’s
the gospel of God’s grace in Jesus Christ which perfectly
justifies and progressively sanctifies all the elect, who
are totally depraved of themselves. Instead, theirs is a
politically-correct message about a god of one attribute (a
weak, universal love) and his social gospel with its
the Son of God's teaching on marriage as a one-flesh union
between one man and one woman for life (Matthew 19:4-6),
they tolerate and embrace impenitent homosexuals in their
membership and church offices.
opposition to Christ’s headship over His church (I Timothy
2:12-15), they appoint women office-bearers.
profane the Lord’s Supper by permitting people who, in their
doctrine and/or lifestyle, lack a credible profession of
church discipline is not practised but abhorred as
the LWF is an unfaithful, ecumenical body that includes
secularized, dying churches with a largely nominal and
rapidly declining membership. These churches are conforming
more and more to the world, as “synagogues of Satan”
(Revelation 2:9; 3:9).
It is no
wonder that, as it capitulates to the ungodly world, the LWF
is also busily engaged in undoing the Reformation in order
to get closer to Rome. Hence its revisionism regarding “the
truth of the gospel” of justification by faith alone in
Christ alone (Galatians 2:5, 14).
church and the Lutheran World Federation are two religious
bodies agreeing together against, not in, the Word and
Spirit of God. This is not the unity of the bride of Christ
but of two harlots deciding to work together to some extent
(cf. Ezekiel 16:44-59; 23:36-49). This agreement is not to
be attributed to the gracious work of the Spirit of truth
but to the working of “the mystery of iniquity” and “the
spirit of antichrist” (II Thessalonians 2:7; I John 4:3).