Japan Lutheran Church (JLC)

LCMS Partner Church Bodies—Japan*

* For over 13 years, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) has encouraged, exhorted, and convened theological discussions with the Japan Lutheran Church (JLC) to uphold the clear teaching of the infallible Word of God, as held by the historic confessional Christian Church, that only men may be ordained to the pastoral office, that is, the preaching office.

Sadly, tragically, and against the clear teaching of Holy Scripture, the JLC in its April 2021 convention codified the ordination of women to the pastoral office as its official doctrine and practice. This adoption of false doctrine and practice breaks the confession and unity of the true faith and makes it impossible for the LCMS to continue to recognize and practice altar and pulpit fellowship with the JLC.

Barring a change in the doctrine and practice of the JLC, the serious matter of the formal cessation of altar and pulpit fellowship will be brought before the Synod at its next convention in July 2023.

Japan Lutheran Church
Fujimi 1-2-32
Tokyo 102-0071

Phone: 81-3-3261-5266
Email: nrktokyo@jlc.or.jp
Website: jlc.or.jp/

President: Rev. Tatsuomi Yoshida

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Colleges and seminaries:

  • Japan Lutheran College
  • Japan Lutheran Theological Seminary

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