Verax Letter to Leaders
of Lutheran World Federation Member Churches
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Dear Leaders of Lutheran World Federation Member Churches:
CCM Verax Asks For Help to Arrange the Menacher-Hanson CCM-Debate
a letter from 26 March
2003, CCM Verax Administrator, Dr. Mark D. Menacher, asked
the Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in
America (ELCA), Mark S. Hanson, to arrange a public debate
on the "grand deception" in Called to Common Mission
(CCM) to be held at the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) assembly
in July 2003. CCM is the full-communion agreement between
the ELCA and the Episcopal Church, USA. In a letter
from 06 May, Bishop Hanson responded to this request and
declined to debate CCM.
negative response from ELCA Bishop Hanson and an earlier negative
response from LWF General Secretary, Ishmael Noko, seem to
indicate that the ELCA leadership and the LWF central office
are collaborating to suppress a full discussion of the "grand
deception" in CCM.
collaboration raises an important question for the whole LWF.
Does the LWF central office serve all LWF member churches,
or does the LWF central office serve chiefly the interests
of the ELCA leadership at the expense of the other LWF member
churches and at the expense of the truth?
is the CCM Verax reply
from 15 May 2003 to Bishop Hanson, and thereafter his
refusal to debate the "grand deception" in CCM from
06 May 2003.
Verax again turns to the leaders of LWF member churches, this
time to seek your support in arranging the proposed debate
on behalf of ELCA Bishop Hanson. CCM is not merely an internal
matter in the ELCA. In CCM, the truth of the gospel and thus
the future of the LWF are at stake.
you, please, help to arrange this crucial debate. The leadership
of the ELCA needs very much from you the episkopé of
which CCM so often speaks.
D. Menacher, PhD
Pastor and CCM Verax Administrator
PO Box 26
Au Gres, MI 48703 0026 (USA)
+1 989 876 2764 (home)
+1 989 876 7415 (church)