Rev. Matthew Harrison, president of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, posted a passage from the Brief Statement of the Doctrinal Position of the Missouri Synod (1932) regarding “Open Questions.” It makes the wise point that Scripture does not clearly answer all theological questions, and so the Church may not offer definitive answers to them. See the passage after the jump.
First, can anyone explain the confessional status of the Brief Statement? Is acceptance of this document obligatory for Missouri Synod Lutherans? Just pastors? Laymen? (The only requirements for formal subscription I’ve come across are to the Scriptures and to the confessions in the Book of Concord.) This statement affirms things like the inerrancy of Scripture and the Six Days of Creation, but it leaves out important Lutheran doctrines such as the Theology of the Cross and Vocation.
Second, what ARE some of these open questions? I suspect there are different positions on whether the Scriptures are clear or not on some issues. [Read more...]