When a public teacher on the roster of Synod can without consequence publicly advocate the ordination of women (even participate vested in the installation of an ELCA clergy person), homosexuality, the Errancy of the Bible, the historical critical method, open communion, communion with the reformed, evolution, and more, then the public confession of the synod is meaningless.
I am saying that if my Synod does not change its inability to call such a person to repentance, and remove such a teacher where there is not repentance, then we are liars, and our confession is meaningless. I do not want to belong to such a synod, much less lead it.
I have no intention of walking away from my vocation. I shall rather use it and, by the grace of God, use all the energy I have to call this Synod to fidelity to correct this situation.
— Matt Harrison.
Facebook post, January 26, 2015 A.D.
Pastor Harrison was referring to Matthew Becker an ordained LCMS clergyman and teacher at Valparaiso University, an alma mater of mine.
As you can see in the photo above, Pastor Harrison is an actual pastor. He is a pastor of pastors. And the vocation of a pastor involves calling out sin and false doctrine.
Apparently, he does not have the direct bureaucratic power to fix this sore situation, but he does have the power of the word of God. And that is a power not to be underestimated. However, even though God’s word is all powerful, that does not mean that it is God’s will to fix the LCMS. There is only one holy Christian Church, and it is not coterminous with the LCMS or any other Lutheran synod.
God is in control, and our prayers are with President Harrison. May God give him strength, wisdom, and especially, faithful helpers.