hausvater 2c horiz 800x300


Hausvater: /HAUS-fah-ter/
noun (German)
1. Housefather.
2. Spiritually responsible head of household, including the housefather as assisted by the housemother.
>> Example: "As the Hausvater should teach it [Christian doctrine] to the entire family ..."
(Martin Luther, Small Catechism, 1529)

The WordAlone movement’s primary concern is that the ELCA is losing its Christ-centered focus. ELCA churches and members are turning to authorities other than the authority of God’s Word, revealed in his risen Son, Jesus Christ, and in his inspired Word in the Holy Scriptures. The other authorities – human experience, wisdom and tradition – are used to turn aside the authority of God’s Word. The weaknesses within the ELCA – ecumenical agreements that compromise on significant biblical and confessional truths, the teaching and preaching of universalism, a decline in the proper mission of the church (global missions and new mission starts) and the push for approval of sexual relationships outside of marriage to name just a few – are symptoms of the deeper problem within the ELCA, the crisis over the authority of God’s Word.

The website includes a proposed doctrinal resolution advocating marriage as the lifelong union between a man and a woman and, accordingly, identifying homosexual unions as inherently sinful. Although Word Alone calls upon the ELCA to avoid "blessing" same-sex unions or ordaining homosexuals, it does not view the ordination of women as incompatible with Scripture, as evidenced by the roles of female pastors in Word Alone's leadership.

Pin It

(Web links are provided for research assistance only. Neither The Hausvater Project nor its board members necessarily endorse the full contents of these sites.)