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August 2015 Pastor's letter
Dear Believers in Jesus,
Recently the Supreme Court of the United States made a bad ruling about marriage. The Supreme Court in effect made a new law by making legal every �marriage� between a man and a man and �marriage� between a woman and a woman. A few years ago many states, like South Dakota, made marriage between a man and a woman as the only acceptable marriage in their state.
I remember visiting Germany with my mother and other Lutherans in 2004. At that time our German tour guide told us that the mayor of Berlin, Germany, was trying to attract homosexuals to Berlin to live with one another like married men and women. Our German tour guide did not like what the mayor of Berlin was doing and he said that he did not think that kind of thing would take place in the United States. Now, about 11 years later the Supreme Court has made homosexual �marriage� acceptable throughout America.
The Bible speaks against homosexuality. 1 Corinthians 6:9�10 states, �Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.� (ESV)
The Bible speaks about marriage as being between a man and a woman. Ephesians 5:23-27 tells us some interesting things about traditional marriage as Christians: �For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.� (ESV)
Jesus suffered, died, and arose to forgive all of our sins, including the sin of homosexual actions between men with men and women with women. We are all sinners who deserve God�s judgment for our many sins. The important thing to keep in mind is that since our sins are forgiven we want to fight against sin. When people refuse to repent of any sin, including homosexual sin, they are refusing the forgiveness of God. As Lutheran Christians we want to daily repent of our sins each day and beg God for His mercy and forgiveness for the sake of Jesus. Thanks to the forgiveness of our sins we can trust we are forgiven in the name of Jesus.

In Jesus Christ�s Service,
Pastor Richard Milbrandt

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