I will be leaving soon to the Middle East region and am wondering where the Lutheran Church stands on the issue of war.

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Scripture does warn strongly and repeatedly against the abuse, misuse or excessive use of alcoholic beverages, and the LCMS has also repeatedly warned against such dangers.

Return to Contemporary Issues FAQs | Return to main menu QUESTION: A friend of mine insists Christmas trees are pagan and false idols because of Scripture in Jeremiah 10. ANSWER: In response to your friend's concerns about idolatry, it must be emphasized that the warnings contained in Jeremiah 10 (and similar passages) have to do with "worshipping" physical objects as "gods" and seeking help and guidance from these false idols.

Does the LCMS retain the Rite of Exorcism as practiced in the Roman and Eastern Orthodox churches?

Does the LCMS have special clergy assigned to this task?

At the very least, Christians should avoid practitioners who claim to manipulate invisible energy or base their practice on Taoist dualism or other Chinese metaphysical assumptions.

These speculations are the foundation for traditional acupuncture theory and are incompatible with both known science and the Christian view of the human body and the universe." This seems to be pretty good advice on the whole, and of course, suggests that some individual judgment will have to be exercised to determine the context and intentions of the practice in the given case.ANSWER: The LCMS has taken no official position regarding the Gideons.In evaluating the Gideons, the Synod's Commission on Theology and Church Relations has not found the objectionable features of fraternal brotherhoods (lodges) present in the Gideons.And they may present equally cogent arguments to support their views.For more information on this topic, you may wish to read an article that appeared in the . 13:4; Acts ; and "Whereas, The Lutheran Confessions support capital punishment: "Therefore neither God nor the government is included in this commandment, yet their right to take human life is not abrogated.