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Wednesday, September 23, 2009


Many members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) are now looking for a new place to worship, since their denomination voted to sanction practicing homosexual clergy. Many ELCA members, or as I call them--refugees, do not know there are other choices within Lutheranism where the Word of God is upheld and proclaimed.
One aspect of the ELCA's decision to sanction homosexual perversions, regardless of the Bible's teachings against such, is that many people lump all Lutherans into the same mold. Thankfully, that is not the case, but getting the story out about true Bible-based Lutheranism can be a challenge.

Pastor Curtis Emerson of Peace Lutheran Church, Canal Winchester, Ohio, developed a solid ad for area papers to inform people in general, and ELCA folks in particular, about his congregation's stand on the Word of God and on other issues of concern. He has had some good response so far from these ads. He has given me permission to share the ad's contents, with the hope it might be helpful to other Bible-based Lutheran congregations that desire to reach out to fellow Lutherans of the ELCA who are both hurting and searching.

Surely this is an opportune time to launch such endeavors.

Welcome Back To Biblical Lutheranism!

Peace Free Lutheran Church and Christian Center, 28 Elm Street, Canal Winchester, Ohio stands on the truth found in the Scriptures and we are a member of the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, AFLC.
1. We believe the Bible is the inspired, infallible, and inerrant Word of God.
2. We affirm that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation.
3. We affirm each local congregation should be free and living, subject only to the Word and the Spirit of God.
4. We affirm the sacredness of marriage between one man and one woman.
5. We affirm the teaching of Scripture that we all are sinners in need of repentance and faith in the finished work of Jesus on the Cross of Calvary.
6. We affirm the sacredness of human life from conception through death.

Peace Free Lutheran Church and Christian Center exists to joyfully praise, serve and reach out for Jesus. Our website is, telephone 614-837-6689,
and the AFLC web site is Come visit and be refreshed at a Biblically Lutheran Church.

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