Tom Pietsch, at Always Yes, gives this report:
My sources tell me that the vote at Synod was recently announced with the following figures:
Non voting 1
This will be reported either as 50.39% ‘yes’ votes out of all voters, or as 53.44% ‘yes’ votes from those who lodged either a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ vote. Either way, it is less than the two thirds majority required. I understand that this is a smaller ‘yes’ vote than the 2000 synod which perhaps suggests it is time to move on.
Just as the pastors’ vote this time was only slightly more in favour of WO than it was in 2000, so the Synod vote is only slightly less in favour (it was a 55% pro 45% against split last time). I would interpret that to say that really there has been very little development in the last 6 years.
I am in fact surprised that they put it to the vote at the Synod after the split vote at Pastors Conference. This indicates that the Chairman must have been fairly confident that it would not get the majority of 67% in favour.
Tom is right to suggest that should put the issue to rest for Australian Lutherans. Of course, it won’t work that way, however. There must surely be a lot of frustrated WO supporters in the LCA at this point in time. The slight majority in favour among both the people and the clergy will continue to quietly work away at the issue. Those theologians and pastors who favoured WO will continue to teach the type of theology that makes WO conceivable. Although I doubt that it will come back as a Synod vote in the near future (I would give it at least three terms if not four), I expect there will be rumblings and fall out long before that in some form.
Here endeth the prophecy.