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For Immediate Release

Date: 21 November 2001


Research to be published in January of 2002 and an accompanying web site show that members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) have been misled on a scale unprecedented in North American Christianity.

In what is arguably the greatest act of deception ever cultivated by a church denomination in the history of North America, research is now coming to light that shows that the ecumenical agreement between the ELCA and the Episcopal Church in the USA, known as Called to Common Mission (CCM), was built upon knowingly false claims.

What sort of deception is this?

Basically, CCM says that the Lutheran statements of faith (Lutheran Confessions) mention the Lutheran Reformers' "deep desire" to have bishops like the Episcopal Church. However, research published in 1995 (four years before the ELCA passed CCM) shows this claim to be wholly incorrect. Furthermore, one of the ELCA's CCM drafters boasts that he knew of this research since it was published in 1995. (Full details of this research are on the Internet through the link below.)

Martin Luther says that even one lie in the church will turn a church into something contrary to Jesus Christ. As CCM contains numerous fallacies and deceptions, what sort of church has the ELCA become?

You may find it difficult to believe the above statements. As unbelievable as they seem, they are true. I have read the evidence myself.

Please take some time to read the facts for yourself. "Verax" is Latin for "speaking truthfully." The CCM Verax presents the truth about CCM on the Internet at:

As ELCA leaders are now ignoring the research which reveals these falsehoods in CCM, there is only one way to make the truth about CCM known. That is widespread communication.

So, please, communicate this message to as many people in your congregation and to as many other ELCA congregations as possible. A church that does not tell the truth to its members also cannot witness credibly to Jesus Christ as the way, the truth, and the life.

Pastor Mark D. Menacher, PhD
CCM Verax Administrator
PO Box 26
Au Gres, MI 48703-0026
+1-989-876-2764 (home)
+1-989-876-7415 (church)

CCM Verax Administrator Note:

At this point in time, CCM Verax is administered by Pastor Mark D. Menacher, PhD. Pastor Menacher is a graduate of Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. He holds a Ph.D in historical and systematic theology from the University of Manchester, England. While in the United Kingdom, he served a pastorate in the Lutheran Church in Great Britain (LCiGB). In addition to his pastoral duties, Pastor Menacher also served on the LCiGB's Executive Committee and as the LCiGB's ecumenical officer. Pastor Menacher's wife is from Wales, and she is an Anglican (Episcopalian).

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