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Date: 12 October 2009 ‑ For Immediate Release

CCM Verax Information Service

Title:   ELCA / LWF Perpetuate Fallacies about “Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification” (JDDJ)


On Reformation Day (31 October) 1999, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) proclaimed to the world’s media that Lutherans and Roman Catholics had reached a consensus on the doctrine of justification by faith. With various shades of half-truths, the world’s media were led to believe:

  1. That JDDJ was signed by LWF and Vatican officials in Augsburg, Germany
  2. That the doctrinal differences at the time of the Reformation were resolved
  3. That the mutual condemnations from the Reformation were lifted

To dispel these inaccuracies and fallacies, Dr. Heike Schmoll (female) of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), a leading German daily newspaper, spearheaded a public campaign against JDDJ by German professors of theology representing nearly every university in Germany. Due to Dr. Schmoll’s journalistic efforts, to two petition drives by the German theology professors, and to displeasure in the Vatican, the proposed signing of JDDJ collapsed in 1998.

In a last ditch effort to save face, in 1999 the Lutheran World Federation secretly negotiated a substitute document with the Vatican. This substitute document, called the Official Common Statement (OCS), was actually signed in Augsburg, Germany, on 31 October 1999. In contrast to JDDJ, the OCS was not approved by any LWF member church. Dr. Schmoll is one of a few journalists worldwide to expose the reality regarding JDDJ (see below for an excerpt from Schmoll’s editorial “Halloween or Reformation?” dated 30 October 2004).


Research recently published in LOGIA - A Journal of Lutheran Theology provides the most comprehensive and accurate exposé in English of the culture of ecumenical deception found in both the ELCA and the LWF. Research previously published in LOGIA and disseminated throughout the LWF has already led both to the ELCA and the LWF to retract false, ecumenical claims. Such fallacies sought to mislead Lutherans into believing that the Lutheran Reformers “deeply desired” to adopt Anglican/Episcopalian “Holy Orders” and “episcopal succession” for church unity.

This recently published essay (click here for PDF), entitled “Ten Years after JDDJ the Ecumenical Pelagianism Continues,” LOGIA: A Journal of Lutheran Theology 18 (Holy Trinity 2009), 27‑45, reports the following (amongst other important topics):

  1. JDDJ was not signed in Augsburg, Germany a decade ago. Instead, the Official Common Statement (OCS) was signed.
    + So, why do ELCA and LWF media personnel repeatedly report otherwise?

  2. Neither JDDJ nor the OCS has resolved doctrinal differences between Lutherans and Catholics on justification. The opposite is true. All Protestants and Catholics alike who reject Purgatory are still condemned (anathematized) by at least two canons from the Council of Trent’s Decree on Justification
    + So, why do ELCA and LWF officials ignore this well published fact?

  3. Since JDDJ was not signed in 1999, the Vatican has issued no fewer than nine (9) Indulgences (time off Purgatory). The Reformation “officially” began when Martin Luther issued his Ninety-five Theses against Indulgences on 31 October 1517. In contrast, ELCA/LWF leaders have issued no objections to such Vatican actions.
    + So, why do Lutheran leaders today turn a blind eye to Vatican indulgences and yet claim that they have an agreement on justification with the Vatican?

  4. The ELCA and LWF have been caught perpetrating fallacies regarding the Lutheran Reformers’ sentiments on church order and episcopal succession. Research published in LOGIA alone has obliged ELCA and LWF officials to retract their false rhetoric. Having regrouped, ELCA/LWF leaders are now trying again to mislead LWF member churches away from their Reformation heritage in order to persuade them to adopt Anglican or Roman Catholic structures of religious intolerance (episcopal succession) to feign church unity.
    + So, why do ELCA and LWF leaders seem better at advancing the Counter-Reformation   than the Roman Church has been able to do despite its centuries of effort?


In the course of 1517-1518, the young monk, Martin Luder, began to change the spelling of his name to Martin Luther to reflect the Greek word “eleutheros” meaning “free.” Like Luther, Lutherans believe that the truth will make one free (eleutheros) as John 8:31-37 attests. In sharp contrast, ELCA and LWF leaders seem to have difficulty with the simplest of facts. Unfortunately, their perpetuation of fallacies regarding the doctrine of justification, the doctrine by which the church stands or falls, means that such ELCA and LWF officials are at best nominally Lutheran.

Which investigative religion reportor/editor will be Heike Schmoll’s counterpart in the English speaking world?

Pastor Mark D. Menacher, PhD
CCM Verax
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Poway, CA 92064 (USA)


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CCM Verax Information Service - Addendum

Date: 12 October 2009

Excerpt from Heike Schmoll, “Halloween or Reformation?,” Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 30.10.2004, No. 254 / Page 1, translation by Mark D. Menacher
Title: Halloween or Reformation?

“What is to be celebrated on the 31st of October? As of late, many children as well as adults answer: Halloween. For many weeks now, there have been large orange pumpkins, masks, and the like for sale, which the Americanized German needs for a Halloween party. As an act of capitulation to the Halloween cult, a Protestant pastor in Berlin has even offered a Halloween prayer service. Whether he will travel the path from Halloween to the actual originating moment of Protestantism, Reformation Day, will for the time being remain his secret. Even the Protestant (evangelisch) churches themselves are making every effort to steer away from the theological origin of Reformation festivities. Lately, the Lutheran churches have recommended that on October 31st their congregations celebrate ecumenical worship services, which may hardly take place on Sunday morning, even when a so-called “milestone” is to be celebrated. It should be recalled that five years ago in Augsburg [Germany] Lutherans and Catholics signed the “Official Common Statement,” which to a certain degree is the only accepted Roman Catholic interpretation of the so-called “Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification.” Despite all church claims, the Joint Declaration itself was never signed since the Roman Catholic Church rejected the text of the Declaration.”                                                                                                                
Original title and text excerpt in German:

Title: Halloween order Reformation?

Was wird am 31. Oktober gefeiert? Viele Kinder und wohl auch Erwachsene antworten darauf inzwischen: Halloween. Schon seit Wochen gibt es die großen orangen Kürbisse, Masken und alles das zu kaufen, was der sich selbst amerikanisierende Deutsche zur Halloween‑Party braucht. In Berlin hat ein evangelischer Pfarrer als Akt der Kapitulation vor dem Halloween‑Kult sogar eine Halloween‑Andacht angeboten. Ob er den Weg von Halloween zum eigentlichen Urdatum des Protestantismus, zum Reformationstag, geht, wird vorerst sein Geheimnis bleiben. Denn auch die evangelischen Kirchen selbst geben sich alle Mühe, vom theologischen Ursprung des Reformationsfestes abzulenken. Gerade haben die lutherischen Kirchen ihren Gemeinden empfohlen, am 31. Oktober ökumenische Gottesdienste zu feiern, die kaum am Sonntag vormittag stattfinden dürften, auch wenn ein sogenannter "Meilenstein" gefeiert werden soll. Denn vor fünf Jahren haben Lutheraner und Katholiken die "Gemeinsame Offizielle Feststellung", gewissermaßen die einzig akzeptierte römische Deutung der sogenannten "Gemeinsamen Erklärung zur Rechtfertigungslehre", in Augsburg unterzeichnet. Die Gemeinsame Erklärung selbst ist allen kirchlichen Behauptungen zum Trotz nie unterschrieben worden. Denn den Text der Erklärung hatte die römisch‑katholische Kirche zurückgewiesen.


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