Religion: The Isolated Synod

"Beware of false prophets," Jesus warned, and St. Paul urged the church at Ephesus to "mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them." For the 350,000 members of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, these injunctions forbid taking part in the "false ecumenicism" of modern Christianity, and even sharing worship with other Lutherans who interpret differently the doctrines of the Reformation. Carrying out this belief, the Wisconsiners at their biennial convention in Milwaukee last week broke away from their oldest ally among the nation's conservative Lutheran churches.

"In solemn protest against the departure...

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