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Lutherans and abortion




The recent and unfortunate murder of Dr. George Tiller, an abortionist, who provided late-term abortions in Wichita, Kansas, prompts the writing of this letter. 


Being Lutheran, I felt compelled to explain that there are different Lutheran bodies in the United States. There are real confessional and doctrinal differences between these Lutheran bodies. Dr. Tiller had been a member of one of the congregations of the Lutheran Church Synod (the second largest body of Lutheran congregations in the U.S.) until about 10 years ago when he was excommunicated from his congregation. 


Dr. Tiller then joined Reformation Lutheran Church, a member congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America known as ELCA. ELCA is numerically the largest Lutheran body of congregations in the United States. ELCA does not speak out against abortion as a sin against God and man. The insurance provided for ELCA clergy and church workers pays for abortion. 


I write this letter to make clear that the members and congregation of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Columbus and the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod does not advocate the practice of abortion. Abortion is plain and simply put-the murder of the most innocent of humanity-the unborn. 


We do regret the death of Dr. Tiller. Our prayer is that he repented of his sins before his death and was forgiven by faith in the blood of Jesus Christ. 


Pastor Floyd Smithey 





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Reader Comments

Article Comment Terry Quinn commented at 6/5/2009 5:06:00 PM:

I hope you will repent from your sin of judging others before your death. I am certain you also can be cleansed in the blood of Jesus Christ. It's not too late.


Article Comment Terry Quinn commented at 6/5/2009 5:25:00 PM:

I hope you will repent from your sin of judging others before your death. I am certain you also can be cleansed in the blood of Jesus Christ. It's not too late.


Article Comment KJ commented at 6/6/2009 12:15:00 PM:

Abortion is far too complex a topic to call it "plain and simply" murder. That complexity is rarely acknowledged by those who oppose it in all circumstances and is an indication that the real issue is control over the lives of other human beings and not the "murder of the most innocent of humanity." I have a friend who deliberately continued to get pregnant knowing that her chances of carrying a fetus to term were slim and that miscarriages were the most likely result of conception. To me, that sort of deliberate pregnancy is a graver moral concern than women who, with little time to sort out the various options, find themselves in the 21st or 22nd week of pregnancy with severe complications that could endanger her health and well-being or carrying a baby with severe such severe birth defects that the child would likely live only for hours or be subjected to painful and difficult surgeries and their aftereffects for the entirety of its short existence chooses to abort her pregnancy to spare her family the mental, emotional, and fiscal suffering that would result from carrying that baby to term.

To prejudge every such situation and label it "murder" is to do a disservice to our fellow human beings; rather than offer them love, compassion, or forgiveness we instead inflict harm indiscriminately. How sad for them, and for us.


Article Comment JC commented at 6/6/2009 4:52:00 PM:

My denomination is privy to Absolute Truth.

Your denomination are heretics.


Article Comment Abraham commented at 6/6/2009 8:44:00 PM:

Brenda Pratt Shafer, RN testified before the Senate saying, "I stood at the doctor's side and watched him perform a partial-birth abortion on a woman who was six months pregnant. The baby's heartbeat was clearly visible on the ultrasound screen. The doctor delivered the baby's body and arms, everything but his little head. The baby's body was moving. His little fingers were clasping together. He was kicking his feet. The doctor took a pair of scissors and inserted them into the back of the baby's head, and the baby's arms jerked out in a flinch, a startle reaction, like a baby does when he thinks that he might fall. Then the doctor opened the scissors up. Then he stuck the high-powered suction tube into the hole and sucked the baby's brains out. Now the baby was completely limp." She went on to say, "I am still haunted by the face of the little boy. It was the most perfect, angelic face I have ever seen."

When the above details of partial birth abortion were uncovered, abortionist defended the procedure saying it occurred only a few hundred times a year, was not painful to the infant, the babies were deformed, and it was a necessity for the mother.

But in public forums, abortionist were forced to admit the babies can feel pain, many thousands of such
abortions occur every year, 80-90% of the babies were normal, and Dr. C. Everett Coop, former U. S. Surgeon General, stated, " no way can I twist my mind to see that the late-term abortion as described is a medical necessity for the mother. It certainly can't be a necessity for the baby."


Article Comment People''s Front of Judea commented at 6/7/2009 12:18:00 PM:



Article Comment Judean People''s Front commented at 6/8/2009 3:37:00 PM:

We were the first to conceive of ideological purity!


Article Comment JC commented at 6/9/2009 8:29:00 PM:

...forgiven by faith in the blood of Jesus Christ.

Yes. That makes sense.


Article Comment Abraham commented at 6/12/2009 5:31:00 AM:

KJ, I appreciate you sharing your thoughts. You said you don't believe in God. Is that because of reasoning or the evidence? Or do you think there might be a part of you that would like a world without God? Would you mind helping us see how we could determine if something was morally right or wrong if there is no higher standard to tell us?

One definition of sacrifice is, "Forfeiture of something highly valued for the sake of one considered to have a greater value or claim." A second kind of "sacrifice" is when the "something" that is offered is of greater value than the "one considered," like Christ sacrificing His life for the eternal future of mankind. Either way, one has to value the "one considered" before this discussion has any meaning to abortion. The problem is that people don't value the unborn child. He/she is not worth a "sacrifice." But a child after birth is worth the sacrifice. A mother here in Columbus, Ms died in a fire seeking to save her child. Was that the "morally right" thing to do?

"If you don't know the difference between killing a baby and terminating a pregnancy, then this discussion is unlikely to help you."

It might be helpful to yourself if you would explain what the difference is. Was it killing a baby or terminating a pregnancy when a doctor inserts scissors into the back of a healthy baby? Would it be "killing a baby" to perform the same procedure on a baby whose head had been inadvertently pushed out of the womb by the mother?

"With better information, more abortions would be appropriately targeted than otherwise."

80 to 90 percent of such babies are normal when they are killed in the womb. That means they were normal the whole pregnancy. What we need is more mothers who have better convictions about life. Information is not "better" unless it points toward the truth: that unborn babies are simply unborn humans who deserve the right to live.

"Most people decry Tiller's murder and deny their own culpability?" That describes me exactly. You could just as easily say that preachers created the atmosphere for wives to kill their adulterous husbands because they preached that adultery was a sin. Adultery is a sin just like abortion is a sin. And Tiller's murder was a sin.


Article Comment Abraham commented at 6/12/2009 6:43:00 AM:

"'...forgiven by faith in the blood of Jesus Christ.' Yes. That makes sense."

If God did not exist, then we must all agree that forgiveness by any means would "make no sense." So we must assume the existence of God in order to properly evaluate this. So that leads to the question, why would our Creator have to check with us to get our approval for His plan on our forgiveness? Does that it make sense to you?


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