Saint Mary Evangelical Lutheran Church acknowledges
there are many likeminded Orthodox, Confessional Lutherans in
heterodox synods and denominations. As a congregation, we
consider ourselves to be in
fellowship with likeminded Orthodox, Confessional Lutherans
holding the Biblical, Historical Lutheran Faith. That is,
those in the historical Evangelical Lutheran Church that
hold a "Quia" subscription to the Lutheran Confessions.
Often when a congregation is independent, defining what
being independent is becomes necessary.
The general usage of the term "independent congregation"
often means that a congregation is unaffiliated or not
officially a member of an established synod or denomination. Sometimes, pastors
may be members of established synods while their
congregation may indeed be "independent" of an
established denomination, synod or microsynod.
Many congregations in Lutheran denominations today are
self-governing and appear to be theologically autonomous.
There often is a lack of doctrinal unity and common
confession of what is believed, taught and practiced. The
most common honest agreement that some of these synods and
denominations will agree on, is that they have accepted a
"reconciled diversity." Such holding that position claim to be united and can and
do agree upon
one thing, "that they do in fact have doctrinal disagreements with
each other!" This diversity and toleration is apparently
considered to be normal even when there is no sense of unity of confession,
doctrine and practice...
In contemporary Lutheranism, often when someone becomes a member
of a congregation affiliated with a particular synod, they are usually
considered attached to that synod and in fellowship with all
other members of congregations affiliated with that synod.
This fellowship exists regardless of what is believed,
taught or practiced. What is known as false, sinful and wrong in
some congregations is sometimes considered right and acceptable in
Saint Mary Evangelical Lutheran Church is a congregation in
the theological tradition of Martin Luther, Martin Chemnitz, C.F.W. Walther,
Francis Pieper and John H. Fritz. Our congregation looks forward to the
possibility of being affiliated in the future with
other likeminded Confessional Lutheran Christians.