The Lutheran commitment to ecumenism will not end until we can share the Eucharist with other churches.
This is a statement by LWF President Bishop Mark S. Hanson at the Lutheran World Convention Wednesday. being held in Stuttgart Germany.
“If Roman Catholics and Lutherans [for example] can feed the hungry together, wouldn’t it be good if they could be fed at the Lord’s Table together?” Hanson posed.
LWF is the world’s largest communion of Lutheran churches, representing over 70 million Christians in 79 countries. It holds an assembly every six years. This year’s meeting drew leaders and representatives from the Roman Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Anglican Communion, the United Methodist Church and the World Communion of Reformed Churches.
LWF has pursued deeper relations with each of the global church bodies. One of the landmark ecumenical events was the 1999 signing of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification.
The issue of the Roman Catholic Eucharist, is also an issue of the renewed union of Aaronite priests, claim to have been elevated from other New Testament believers.
The issues of a renewed union of Catholics, Anglicans, Lutherans, Presbyterians and Methodists, is not only a matter of a different interpretation of scriptures.
I once saw a Methodist pastor kneeling down, and praying to the Eucharist hosts.
The so-called Mainline Churches also have different vessels to keep the host inside, and they do perform different religious rituals at the alter.
They will surely come back into full union, and form the One United Church of the Bishop of Rome, the claimed to be Mother Church of Christendom. Because the Bible says all the Harlots will return to the Mother.