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Local Pastor, Church Stands for Marriage

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sttimothy_I090823205915In both papers in Charleston, this morning, the story is told of Pastor Richard Mahan, pastor of what was known as St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church.  Following this weekend’s actions by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the word “Lutheran” has been covered up until the church can decide its next steps.

The Daily Mail reports:

As parishioners approached St. Timothy Lutheran Church on Sunday morning, something unusual was apparent.On the signs outside the church, the word “Lutheran” was draped in black. Only the words “St. Timothy” remained visible.

“I asked that be done because Im ashamed,” the churchs pastor, Richard Mahan, told the congregation later Sunday morning. “Im ashamed of what the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has done to a church Ive loved for 40 years.”

Last week, leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church voted to remove a ban on gay clergy and also to recognize gay marriage within the church.Mahan, pastor of the local Lutheran church along Corridor G, attended the conference in Minneapolis and spoke out against the change in policy. His message was widely received because he was interviewed by The New York Times and later quoted by The Associated Press in an article that ran worldwide.

Mahan’s entire Sunday sermon concerned the homosexual issue, and what the church should do.

Richard Mahan is a good man.  Speak with him for five minutes and you will instantly be connected to the love and joy that his life is filled with, individually and for his ministry.  According to the Daily Mail article, Pastor Mahan was outspoken at the ELCA convocation, even to the point of influencing others to vote with him.  I found this quote by Pastor Mahan convicting:

“God is in control. Maybe he just wants me to stand up for what I believe in.”

It was not popularity or the desire to be a lightening rod for attention both from the press and the myriad of unsavory comments by bloggers that will inevitably come his way (and have).  It was not a fear of reprisal from his congregation, nor a desire to be politically correct, but a conviction that he was simply to be obedient to his conviction of Scripture.

If you know Pastor Mahan, I encourage you to email or call him with your support and encouragement.  If you do not, lend a prayer for him as he and his congregation labors through the next steps as a church body.  His is a difficult task, to balance his stand for Truth with an abundance of Grace.

Pastor Mahan’s words are a reminder to each of us: be boldly faithful to your calling.

For more of what you can do to stand for marriage in West Virginia, go to www.wv4marriage.com.

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Written by Jeremy Dys

August 24, 2009 at 2:40 pm

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  1. […] The Engage Family Blog of the Family Policy Council of West Virginia: “In both papers in Charleston, this morning, the story is told of Pastor Richard Mahan, pastor of what was known as St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church. Following this weekend’s actions by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the word “Lutheran” has been covered up until the church can decide its next steps.” […]

  2. This is just appalling. If Luther, the late German Christian protester, would still be here…where the denomination “Lutherans” derived from, he would be stunned and completely disappointed in this horrible abomination to the Word of God and the Gospel. I totally am against this election. When God created “man” he created Adam and Eve, NOT Adam and STEVE!!! Hello people. This is a direct form of disobedience to God. And this is happening in a Church, a denomination that professes to know the Word of God???? Please, God will have to deal with you guys…and it won’t be pretty.

    henryyoung

    August 24, 2009 at 5:38 pm


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