I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I can do no other, so help me God. Amen. - -  Martin Luther, 1517


God forbid that I should limit the time of acquiring faith to the present life. In the depth of the Divine mercy, there may be opportunity to win it in the future.  - -  Martin Luther, 1521 

ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCHES

January 2020


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,


Happy New Year!


The year 2020 will be a good year for the AIELC as we move forward with some changes since the death of Bishop  Bravo-Guzm├ín and my ascension to the Office of the Presiding Bishop. I seek your help, support, and encouragement as we carry on the difficult tasks ahead of us.


Some of the changes you will notice are that we now ordain women, repudiate exorcisms and any other deliverance ministries, and repudiate demon possession. We also now endorse Open Communion. We have invalidated our Communion Agreement with the Lutheran Evangelical Protestant Church and are reviewing our Agreement with the Lutheran Orthodox Church. 


A major belief change we have made is that we only accept the Apostles' Creed and no other ancient creeds of the Church. The AIELC is now in full agreement with those who refer to themselves as Christian Universalists thus adding to our Statement of Faith, The Creed of 1803.


As you can see, the AIELC is no longer your "grandparents' church." We hope you will be as excited about these changes as we are. May your ministries continue to grow and may you remain spotless in the world.


In His Grace, Mercy, and Peace, I remain,


Bishop +James Walter Clifton