Posts tagged “Thrivent

Lutherans for Life statement on Thrivent

Posted on February 11th, 2014

Thrivent’s recent “values neutral” policy continues to draw heavy criticism from the Lutheran community, and has brought shame upon the Lutheran name in the broader Christian community and among pro-life groups. Lutherans for Life has recently issued a statement. It is not yet posted on their website, but I received a copy today along with permission to post it here. Please spread the word. Because human life is created in the image of God as proclaimed throughout scripture (Genesis 1:26-27, 9:6; Psalm 8:5, Colossians 3:10), and because every human being is someone for whom Christ died to restore the image of God, the sanctity of human life is a basic Lutheran/Christian value. Martin Luther strongly condemned abortion: “Those who have no regard for pregnant women and who do not…

Chilling Effect

Posted on February 7th, 2014

Well, now we know that Thrivent has taken the next big step away from the Christian Church. Their new “neutrality policy” makes permanent the decision to deny support to organizations that help moms in crisis and their vulnerable babies. While I hope everyone will now completely divest themselves from their insurance and investments, and also refuse all funding, I suspect that the lure of easy money will prove too strong for many. What effect will this have? Now that defending the most basic human right—the right to life—has been deemed “controversial” and not something Christians should be involved in, will pastors, churches, and schools be even more silent in the face of this great horror? If their funding is at stake, it will be…

Sermon before the March for Life

Posted on January 22nd, 2014

Divine Service before the March for Life January 22, 2014 Immanuel Evangelical-Lutheran Church, Alexandria, Virginia (LCMS) Rev. 12:1-17 Click here for audio of the sermon Alongside beer cans and rotting meat, taking their place in mounds of rubbish, 55 million corpses of babies have been discarded. Many are trashed in bio-hazard bags, as a dangerous thing we must put far from us. Sometimes body parts are sold for experiments and testing. Except for those recovered by noble people digging through garbage heaps, none are given a proper burial.  They’ve been dismembered, suctioned, poisoned, flushed down toilets; some of them, born alive, have been beheaded by a physician who laughs. Looking into America’s abortion culture is looking evil in the face, and it appears evil…

LCMS Responds to Thrivent

Posted on January 15th, 2014

The Missouri Synod has issued a statement in response to the troubling revelation that Thrivent has been directly supporting Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business, and NARAL, a powerful arm of the pro-abortion lobby. The most disconcerting paragraph puts in juxtaposition the suspension of all funds that help women in crisis while funding directly the murder of the most vulnerable humans in our society: Today’s news indicates that Thrivent not only has suspended funding for pro-life, nonprofit organizations serving women and children in need but now also directly supports organizations providing abortion services and pro-abortion advocacy. You should read the entire statement, found here. Thank God for the faithful witness of Pastor Schuermann, along with Maggie Karner and President Harrison.

Thrivent directly funds abortion

Posted on January 15th, 2014

The Thrivent story is worse—far worse—than we feared. Rev’d Michael Schuermann, a Lutheran pastor, has now confirmed: Thrivent Financial has directly funded Planned Parenthood Federation of America, at leastfour Planned Parenthood affiliates throughout the United States, and the NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota Foundation, through the Thrivent Financial Gift Multiplier program. See the details and documentation here.

Thrivent Gnosticism

Posted on November 18th, 2009

We’re getting new carpet in the church offices, and as a result, all books had to be moved out. This has given us an opportunity to sort through some things and throw a lot of junk out. One piece of junk came in the form of a book from Thrivent called A Time to Mourn, A Time to Dance: Help for the Losses in Life. We have a small stack of these; Kassie asked me to look at it to see if it passed doctrinal muster to give away to people in need or put in the church library. My first question: what does it teach about the resurrection? The first page I turned to said this about how to explain death to children:…