The Glory Has Departed

Lutheran book boxes sent to three African seminaries -
a third one has been sent now.

Norma Boeckler, Artist-in-Residence

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which works as gregjacksonedlp@gmail.com too.

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I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:1-4

Alec Satin, Lutheran Library Publishing Ministry

Friday, September 21, 2018

Bait and Switch - My Test for All Future Lutheran Potentates

 Didja know? We are supposed to read Luther - not Walther/Stephan - on Galatians for a more complete understanding of Justification.

Some of us did not graduate with a brain full of snake oil: UOJ and Church Growth. Naturally, there are many falsehoods to remove once mature studying replaces required reading and the lectures of dysfunctional capons.

A distinctive quality of the Olde Synodical Conference is the citing of Justification while defining it in terms that would send shivers of delight through the Universalists, Barthians, New Theology Catholics, mainline Protestants, Willow Creek swindlers, and Fuller salesmen.

This happens so often that I imagine them being trained to talk and write about Justification as "the Chief Article, the Master and Prince, the articles that judges all other articles of faith, the article on which the Church stands or falls" and then glide into all the Objective Justification language. Their OJ, UOJ, General Justification, or Justification of the World claims falsely that everyone was forgiven and saved (crucifixion or resurrection - they do not know), the world was absolved of all sin, the world was saved, everyone was born forgiven, everyone in Hell is a guilt-free saint.

The blue words above are appropriate for Justification by Faith, but they will not say Justification by Faith, the true doctrine they reject and despise. John Sparky Brenner defines JBF as the "individual appropriate of forgiveness." Work that definition into Romans 5:1-2, Sparky.
 Dishonest dealing is punished - sometimes - but rewarded in the denominations.


My Doctrinal Test for Lutheran Clergy, Potentates, and Editors

GJ - "Explain Justification in writing and cite your Scriptural foundaton, in Greek and English."

No Synod President or District President could pass, so they should leave the ministry. No Circuit Pastor faithful to the Word can be found in this Lutheran Babylon, so they should get jobs commensurate with their worthless degrees. We know that former best buddies Otten and McCain are UOJ fanatics. Otten's genuine scholar, Walter Maier, PhD from Harvard in Semitics, taught Justification by Faith and inerrancy.

"Hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virtue" and that applies especially in Christian doctrine."

There are parish pastors who know and teach the truth. They are so exposed to the venom of the Left - yes UOJ is ultra-Left, the pride of ELCA - that a solo battle against an army of snake oil salesman is daunting. The best faithful pastors can do is build up congregations and children in Biblical doctrine rather than synodical propaganda and mythology.


 The blind lead the blind in this Babylon of Enthusiasm.




Thursday, September 20, 2018

Fiber Optic Coming - New Phone Numbers


We will have an Internet phone, TV, and gigabit broadband for less than we pay for Cox + fliphone now. Therefore, we are dropping the flipphone, and probably won't get that number again. In the meantime, we will have a Trac phone - I think they are called burners - for the few times we are on the go.


From 2016 - Eponine Theology - A Useful Term Coined by Dr. Lito Cruz

 In the novel, Eponine is known for being the unblessed fruit
of the crooked innkeepers, the Thenardiers.
Dr. Lito Cruz and I are fans of Lea Salonga,
who played Eponine in the singing production of Les Miserables. Her famous solo is about her imaginary world, like the imaginary world of UOJ.


Dr. Lito Cruz is a Lutheran pastor, mathematics PhD.
His wife Lynne is an international Katie Luther. 


When I observed that Eponine's solo in Les Miserables reminded me of UOJ, Mainline, and Fundamentalist interpretation of the Bible, Dr. Lito Cruz asked if the term to use should be Eponine Theology. I quickly adopted it as useful and descriptive of the Biblical fantasies imposed on people by three groups that have one thing in common - ignoring the plain, clear language of the Scriptures.

Fundamentalism is a term employed with such sloppiness today that it no longer has any clear meaning in the media. The term came from a series of pamphlets - The Fundamentals - funded by a wealthy man, defining the basic doctrines of the Christian Faith. Reuben Torrey wrote them. So Fundamentalism is often defined by advocacy of the inerrancy of the Bible, but true Fundamentalism is Calvinistic and rejects the Sacraments and therefore the efficacy of the Word.

I once owned a number of those booklets named The Fundamentals and gave them to Jay Webber, who collected more publications than he read. In the media today, Fundamentalist is used for Muslims and Christians, but more often for the followers of Islam. Fundamentalist Muslim makes no sense at all, but the media uses it with alacrity.

Bill Gothard posed with the Duggar girls in this photo.
He has never served time for his crimes.

Today the Fundamentalist leaders are known for their fake degrees - similar to WELS and Missouri - and their long list of abusive crimes, another parallel.

Eponine Theology accurately describes the Fundamentalists because they will pick out a Biblical text and use it however they wish. Star power is their authority, so do not question them, or they will say, "Touch not the Lord's Anointed." I annoyed a Babtist professor for mentioning that his hero, Andy Stanley, is an advocate of gay marriage. Soon after I learned that the stars in Fundamentalism are just as bullet proof as they are in Synodical Conference. They cannot be wrong, so we must adjust our understanding of the Scriptures to fit the new insights.

Mainline Liberal Doctrine
Denying the plain meaning of the Word of God is the mainstay of mainline, liberal doctrine. Like the Fundamentalists and UOJists, they do not blatantly deny their rejection of the Scriptures, but play around with words and side-step the issues. Paul Tillich did that best when he began a short essay about the Nativity and switched the narrative to the miracle of childbirth. The Lutheran magazine loved that bait-and-switch so much, they reproduced it in their Christmas issue.

UOJ in WELS-ELS-LCMS-CLC (sic)
I shocked a WELS pastor's wife by describing what that synod teaches about Justification by Faith.

Here are samples from 2011 - 

Outrageous UOJ Quotations Refuted




David Scaer

“Whoever denies objective justification reduces justification to the act of believing and does not believe in it at all. Logically, he denies the atonement and preaches that man is responsible for his sins.”
LCMS Professor David Scaer, Concordia Seminary, Ft. Wayne

Jackson – Justification by faith means not believing in justification by faith? How the minions must drool as they listen to Scaer contradict himself, nudging them toward a priesthood in Roman Catholicism or Eastern Orthodoxy. The two sentences quoted above are assertions without evidence or argumentation. Scaer’s logic is at war with Scriptural revelation.



Robert Preus
All this is put beautifully by an old Lutheran theologian of our church,
We are redeemed from the guilt of sin; the wrath of God is appeased; all creation is again under the bright rays of mercy, as in the beginning; yea, in Christ we were justified before we were even born. For do not the Scriptures say: ‘God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them?'’ This is not the justification which we receive by faith...That is the great absolution which took place in the resurrection of Christ. It was the Father, for our sake, who condemned His dear Son as the greatest of all sinners causing Him to suffer the greatest punishment of the transgressors, even so did He publicly absolve Him from the sins of the world when He raised Him up from the dead. (Edward Preuss, "The Justification of a Sinner Before God," pp. 14-15)
LCMS Seminary President Robert Preus, 1981,


Jackson – The “old Lutheran theologian of our church” is deceptive, since Preuss abandoned teaching at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, to join the Church of Rome and promote papist doctrines there – all because God sent him the sign of a glorious sunset! (L. Fuerbring) This phrase should scream falsehood at people – “we were justified before we were born” – yet Cascione quoted this article with reverence and awe. Fortunately, Dr. Preus retracted this position in his final book, Justification and Rome. Lutherans should observe that he quoted a dead papist when Church Growth flourished at Concordia, Ft. Wayne and the faculty endorsed Church Growth principles. But when Preus wanted to warn his faculty and his synod against Romanism, just before he died, he argued for justification by faith and against UOJ.

Sig Becker, 1982
“It has been argued that the polloi of this verse clearly indicates that Paul did not mean to say that all would be justified in and through Christ. It has even been said that “many” means “not all.” This is an argument unworthy of Lutherans who have always opposed the Calvinistic notion that the words of Jesus in which he says that his blood was shed for many (Mt 26:28) and that he had come to give his life as a ransom for many (Mk 10:45) are proof for the doctrine of limited atonement.”
Sig Becker, Objective Justification, 1982

Jackson – Polloi in Greek means many, and Greek is precise. This sounds like Alice in Wonderland, where words mean whatever Humpty Dumpty declares at the moment. Moreover, Becker claimed that the proper translation of the word polloi was an argument unworthy of Lutherans but typical of Calvinists, a quick shift from fantasy to guilt by association.

ELCA trained Roman Catholic adunct Jack Kilcrease teaches at the ELCA-centric ILT.


Sig Becker, 1984
“That God has punished the sins of all men in Christ finds few questioners among Lutherans who are still interested in such questions as those we are discussing today. But, sad to say, there are some Lutherans who want to be conservative and orthodox who find it very difficult to say with equal fervor and vigor that God has forgiven the sins of all men in Christ.

This is clearly a lie.
Gausewitz did NOT teach UOJ, but Justification by Faith.
Gausewitz was WELS and the head of the entire Synodical Conference.


Anyone who is at home in the literature of the old Synodical Conference surely must know that this was the unanimous and unquestioned position of our Synodical Conference fathers. We will make no effort to demonstrate that fact with actual quotations.”
Sig Becker, Universal Justification, 1984

Jackson – This claim is pure deception, since the Missouri Synod did not teach UOJ in its 1901 catechism, as shown by Pastor Vernon Harley’s translation. Also, UOJ was not taught in Missouri statements before the 1932 Brief Statement, which was one among many. The UOJ faction has elevated the 1932 document above all previous statements, which have disappeared down the memory hole. They also choose to emphasize their 1932 statement as if it transcends and replaces the Book of Concord. That is, they choose to teach UOJ from the 1932 statement while quoting the Book of Concord.

Sig Becker, UJ, 1984
However, we should be aware that also a Calvinist, who would most assuredly reject the doctrine of universal justification, could perhaps feel perfectly at ease with the concept of objective justification. Strictly speaking, the term objective justification means that a sinner is justified by God whether he believes it or not. Many Calvinists believe that this is true of the elect. While they might therefore be willing to accept our terminology when we speak of “objective justification” they would vehemently reject the concept of “universal justification” because that would conflict with their doctrine of limited atonement.

Jackson – Here Becker admitted what former Calvinist L. P. Cruz has contended many times, knowing this from his own training and experience: Objective Justification is Calvinism. Becker’s verbal backflips do not rescue any of his new terms from the influence of Calvin, since Luther taught justification by faith alone.

David Beckman
Previous to this development in the mid-19th century, Lutherans used the terms “universal justification” or  “general justification.’ Even Stoeckhardt, a contemporary of Schaller and Francis Pieper, is more comfortable  with the older term, “general justification.” In an article entitled “General Justification,” he states, 

The article of justification remains pure, firm and unshaken if we keep in mind the statement of  doctrine and faith concerning general justification, if we hold firmly that the entire world of  sinners has already been justified through Christ, through that which Christ did and suffered. (George Stoeckhardt, “General Justification,” Concordia Theological Monthly, 42 (April, 1978), p. 140.)
David Beckman, 1983

Jackson – “General” is a vague term to translate the original German word – allgemeine. The German adjective means “every single one,” so universal is the best translation. All these writers dance around the truth that they are promoting a new concept, alien to the Lutheran Church and the Confessions. However, Halle theologian George Christian Knapp taught it before Walther landed in America.

Bourman
But, sadly, Satan worked and continues to   work within the Lutheran ranks. Some wanted to make justification an act of God “at the moment of faith” and so   they denied and even rejected universal, objective justification. For instance, Gottfried Fritschel in his article Zur Lehre von der Rechtfertigungmade a false distinction between reconciliation and justification. He wrote that the whole world, with the exception of no one, has been reconciled with God in Christ. Forgiveness of sins is bought for all men. However, only when the sinner has experienced the wrath of God and in faith takes hold of Christ, only   then does God look on him in Christ. In regard to justification he uses phrases like “now and not before” in regard   to the act of justification.
Nate Bourman, 2010

Jackson – The Holy Spirit used two different terms. Most UOJ fanatics recognize that “justification” always means “justification by faith” in the Bible and the Book of Concord. From the context, reconciliation means the Atonement.  The Stormtroopers can make their argument work only by making the Atonement of Christ and justification by faith the same action. Therefore, they cannot articulate any meaning for the Means of Grace which is harmonious with their bizarre claims.



Deutschlander
Our Lutheran Confessions have no separate article on Objective Justification; the closest we can come to a paragraph of formulation for this doctrine is in Article IX of the Formula of Concord, under the doctrine of election. But even that is not really sufficient or suitable for stating the orthodox position in a clear and unequivocal manner. For our Fathers it was not difficult at all to consider objective and subjective justification under the same heading, and they were apparently unaware of any need to separate them or distinguish between them. But such was and remained the case only so long as the orthodox had a clear understanding of the nature of faith; once that understanding was gone, it became necessary (at the end of the last century) to begin making such as distinction.
Daniel Deutschlander, 1977

Jackson – If only the greatest theologians of the Christian Church (Luther, Melancthon, Chemnitz, Chytraeus) had enjoyed the wisdom and foresight of the Synodical Conference! Lacking here is the fact that Pietism brought UOJ to the Lutheran Church, through Halle University. The Synodical Conference began attacking faith, the chief attribute of the Christian, according to Luther, while teaching justification without faith.




Buchholz
The forgiveness acquired by Jesus for all at the cross gives us confessional Lutherans, among all the church bodies of the world, the highest motivation to share our Savior. In contrast to the “Jesus Saves” churches, we don’t preach a salvation that is incomplete and just waiting for the sinner to do something to complete the transaction. We proclaim boldly, “Jesus Saved,” past tense, finished, certain… God’s objective justification not only saved us (sic – sentence fragment, automatic fail in Freshman English 101).
Jon Buchholz, 2005

Jackson – District President Buchholz told me, a few years after giving this paper, that “no one in WELS teaches that everyone is saved.” Not having this revelation from the Essay Files, I still replied, “There was an evangelism campaign in WELS recently. The banner for the public said – “I am saved, just like you.”

Reim

We have seen that the terminology of an objective and a subjective justification is common property within our Synodical Conference. There is no reason why we should not use it in our discussions with each other. Nevertheless we still have a preference for the simpler terminology of a general or universal, and of a personal justification, To use these simpler terms will show that we are concerned about the substance of the doctrine rather than one single mode of expressing it.
Edward Reim, 1955

Jackson – All the replacements for “justification by faith” mean “universal forgiveness, without faith.” A hog in a tuxedo is still a hog.



Jungkuntz

The direct consequence of this change in the relationship between God and man was the justification of the whole world, the declaring of every sinner righteous before God. For that is the meaning in positive terms of what St. Paul here states negatively: “not imputing their trespasses unto them.” It is impossible to overemphasize this statement. For in our own time, even in our own Synodical Conference, this vital truth is being endangered, both by direct attack and by neglect.
Richard Jungkuntz, 1954

Jackson – In fact, no aspect of the Christian faith should be emphasized at the expense of another. The chief characteristic of a sect is to make one concept their sole fake Gospel message – rapture, holiness code, ecstatic speech and behavior. UOJ has turned the revealed mystery of the Atoning death of Christ for the sins of the world into an alien opinion – universal forgiveness without the Word, without faith, grace without the Means of Grace. Where did God reveal this precious truth?

Wendland
On Romans 5, 19 he [Lenski] comes out with the flat statement: “Nowhere in the Bible is any man constituted or declared righteous without faith, before faith,” all asseverations and argumentations to the contrary notwithstanding.” Dr. Lenski plainly recognizes no biblical doctrine of objective justification and is very clear in stating so. His divergence from Dr. Stoeckhardt on this point cannot merely be passed off as an exegetical question of minor consequence, since it involves the central teaching of Scripture, the articulus stantis et cadentis ecclesiae.
E. Wendland, 1951

Jackson – By calling UOJ a “biblical doctrine,” Wendland condemned Lenski by definition. OJ is "biblical," so anyone doubting it is against the Bible. And – Lenski disagreed with Stoeckhardt! But here, gentle readers, is where UOJ turns from heresy into lunatic, slapstick comedy – denying justification without faith is a sin against the Chief Article of the Faith, the central teaching of Scripture, the article on which the Church stands or falls. The Chief Article is “justification by faith” and not universal forgiveness without faith.

Zarling

We quote from President Mischke's newsletter of June, 1982.

A word of caution may, however, be in place. It may be well to remind ourselves not to divide "objective" and "subjective" justification as if they were two totally different things which can be treated in isolation from one another. They are rather the two sides of the same coin, and there can be no "saints" or salvation without faith. To teach otherwise would indeed be universalism. (Mischke, C.H. The President's Newsletter, June, 1982.)

Jackson - Jay Webber recites the same nonsense, “two sides of the same coin,” even though he makes fun of WELS all the time and mocks the Mankato leadership unless he is near the Little Vatican on the Prairie at the moment. SP Carl Mischke was the worst leader of WELS, ever, until Gurgel took over for 14 years. Mischke promoted UOJ and the Church Growth Movment, making Paul Kelm the theological leader of the sect. Update - Mark Schroeder is now the worst leader of WELS - ever. Schroeder is also a UOJ fanatic.

Becker asserts
We are not pressing the word beyond what it can bear if we say that, when Paul says that God justifies the ungodly, he is asserting that God declares the unbeliever just. The fact that the unbeliever by rejecting God's verdict deprives himself eternally of the joy and comfort that this message gives does not make the declaration of God untrue. (Becker, OJ, 1982, p. 3)

Zarling, 1983

Jackson – Judas Iscariot, Hitler, Mao, and Stalin are guilt-free saints too. That is still being taught at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary. No wonder the Synodical Conference of today has rested its hopes of the money given them by a divorced adulterer.

http://www.wlsessays.net/files/ZarlingJustification.pdf

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Ecclesia College Argued in Court That It Is a Church, But EC Asked for State Funds That Could Not Legally Go To a Church

 Oren Paris III said he knew the scheme was bad, but pled not-guilty until the last minute. Now he is in prison.



Attorneys still seeking release of Ecclesia documents under FOIA



Parsons is represented by attorneys Chip Sexton and Joey McCutchen.
Arkansas legislators gave more than $700,000 of taxpayers' money from the Improvement Fund to the Springdale school.
Originally filed Feb. 9, 2017, the lawsuit contends private organizations receiving public money, engaging in activities of public interest, carrying on work intertwined with a government body or receiving grants to promote economic development are subject to the requirements of the state Freedom of Information Act.
Ecclesia has contended the mere receipt of state money doesn't make the private school subject to provisions of the Freedom of Information Act. Ecclesia also argued it's a church and nonprofit corporation and, therefore, entitled to constitutional protection.
The amended complaint drops a claim the grant money given to Ecclesia constituted the giving of state money to a religious institution in violation of the state Constitution.
An attorney for Ecclesia College in June turned over some records related to how state money the college received from the General Improvement Fund was used. But, Sexton said Tuesday, those documents weren't what they asked for.
The amended complaint filed Monday says Ecclesia hasn't released the documents requested by Parsons in early 2017 although the time allowed by law to respond has long since expired.
"As of the present date, Ecclesia has failed and refused and continues to fail and refuse to produce such documents and has made clear in pleadings filed in this that it is not going to produce such documents without an order from this court," according to the amended complaint.
The complaint asks a hearing be set within seven days and the court order Ecclesia to release the requested documents.
Parsons and his lawyers are asking Ecclesia be ordered to pay back all the grant money it received, arguing the money wasn't used for the stated purpose.
"The funds were not used for the acquisition of land for student housing, nor were they used to build student housing," according to the complaint. "Instead, the funds were used to pay kickbacks to legislators, to purchase tracts of land which defendant promptly encumbered to acquire additional funds for the personal benefit of its officers, agents and employees."
The state Department of Finance and Administration also has asked state Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's office to sue Ecclesia College to reclaim at least $600,000 of kickback-tainted grants the college received from the General Improvement Fund.

I Have a Shrub That Smells Like a Donut Shoppe -
Summersweet or Pepperbush

Donuts: made for pennies, sold for dollars, and they are addicting. The future Mrs. Ichabod told me at Augustana College that I smelled like a bakery. I brought her pecan rolls.

"It has attractive bottle-brush shaped blossoms, it can tolerate shade or sun, it likes moist soils, it attracts butterflies, it is native to Maine and it blooms in summer — July to September, depending on location and variety.

The most wonderful thing about it, though, is its fragrance. When it is in bloom, you can smell the plant from 50 feet or more away. It is intoxicating. One of its common names is summersweet, which alludes to the fragrance, and another is pepperbush."

Child labor laws do not apply to children working for parents. My calendar modeling fee was "Thanks, you can eat one donut."

"The blossoms are an upright columnar shape rather than round. So many flowers are round, and it is nice to have a different size and shape.”


I had a call-back for a later Melo Cream calendar.


"What a romantic plant! Butterflies, bees, and other beneficial insects are drawn to the sweet nectar of the shrub’s fluffy, candle-like flowers. The flowers offer a strong, but never-cloying scent that recalls honeysuckle, rose, clove, and heliotrope."


I got what I wanted for my first birthday - a cake.
After the photo-op, they explained I had to share.

The name Clethra does not convey its fragrance so I like Summersweet or Pepperbush as alternatives.

I overlooked the two Clethra shrubs in the bird feeding garden, because the Chaste Trees outgrew them. Because Clethra is known for attracting butterflies and beneficial insects, I moved them to the rose garden. 

I did not think of their fragrance until I walked by when the breeze blew the aroma into my face. Pow! I smelled a combination of cinnamon and other sweet smells. Yes, that was a good move.

 The Chaste tree has a medicinal smell, loves lots of sun,
and does not respond well to watering.

I reported the death of the Chaste Tree too early. Its replacement came, so I tugged at one we moved. It had promptly wilted, so I dumped some rainwater on it and pruned the branches back severely. That worked once before but I did not see much hope. Tug. Tug. "This is really stuck in the soil!" - unlike the typical dead shrub. I looked closely at the plant and saw tiny new leaves all over the branches. 

I put its tiny replacement in the hole left by an Easy Does It rose that seemed to grow but died later in the season. That place was probably too sunny and dry for the rose, so it was good for the new Chaste Tree, more like a Chaste Twig for now.

We enjoy many beautiful fragrances in the garden. Rose perfume often fills the breezes in the front yard. They say Joe Pye is more of a vanilla, and no doubt the butterflies are wild for that.

The backyard gardens have Poke, Butterfly Bush, Beautybush, and Elderberry, so that area often smells like grape jelly. 

Hummingbirds also like Butterfly Bush.

Metaxas' Luther Book Recommended to Ichabod While the Blogger Is Reading and Reviewing the Book

 Eric Metaxas' Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World is good reading for everyone.

Gregory L. Jackson I am reading the Eric Metaxas book now, and I agree. It is excellent. I love history but not many historians. He is up there with Roland Bainton. We were all at Yale.
Manage




Gérald Parker So, we are reading this excellent bio at the same time! I really am enjoying the read. Eric has a radio show, too, and a prestigious forum that is available on YouTube (among other sites). He is a highly entertaining man, not something that one can say of others so hightly educated.
Online quote:

Reformation!
Mr. Metaxes hits a Grand Slam Homerun! His research, writing, and presentation all award winning in my book. I loved reading (listening) to this book. The irony is I spent five years in residence at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana and learned more about the Reformation from Mr. Metaxes in 22 hours of listening (reading) than I did at seminary. I rejoice that learning is unending. I will recommend this book to everyone I know. Thank you again Mr. Metaxes for writing and recording the book.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
John Wurst
Lake Ann, Michigan
10-13-17
Two commendable aspects of Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World are:

  • Vivid stories about the main characters in the Reformation;
  • Discussions about the meaning of their battles.
From the beginner to the self-styled church historian, anyone who likes to read will find Metaxas' book enjoyable and worthwhile, 

Two assumptions struck me as precisely true about today's Church, whether the Pan-Lutheran Synodical Conference or the Church of Rome:
  1. Lombard's Sentences and Aristotle are in perfect agreement with Christian doctrine. This is the overlay of Fuller/Willow Creek philosophy and human reason, which constantly interpret the Scriptures.
  2. No one can is allowed the infallibility of the visible Church. The wrong attitude toward Holy Mother Denomination immediately puts one in the Inferno.

Roman Catholics deserve a separate post, but observe how they are just as intoxicated by Barth/Kirschbaum as the Lutheran rubes who attend Fuller Seminary. The Rome of the Reformation is the Thrivent-managed Pan-Lutheran Synodical Corporation of today.



What does the Bible teach about forgiveness and salvation? Wait, first let me look up the Justification papers in the Holy of Holies, the WELS Essay File. I do not know the truth of God's Word until these atheists explan it to me. They must be correct, because they all agree with each other. Instead of Lombard and Aristotle, they have Bleauhard and Wigwaddle as authorities.



"You dare disagree? Why were these notable essays carefully picked? You actually doubt the Mordor faculty at Mequon, who chose them? Who are you, miserable swine, to doubt the wisdom of these saints? We have 60 essays against your pathetic scribbles, and each one was endorsed by his conference and the faculty. Repent of this insolence before it is too late. God will not be as patient with you as we have been. Time is running out. You have shredded the Eighth Comandment and violated Matthew 18."

The paragraph above is a summary of LCMS-ELS-WELS-CLC  dogma and behavior. Rome lies about the Immaculate Conception being taught from the beginning. The Pan-Lutherans deceive their members and clergy when insisting Objective Justification has always been taught, because they have found it in Luther, the Book of Concord, and ancient copies of the NIV. Questions? - see the above paragraph.



Readers - think about this fact. No one really objected to the Church Growth Movement when Missouri, WELS, the Little Sect, and even the hidebound CLC (sic) introduced it and made it normative. How dull were their consciences decades ago? How stupified were their ideas about the true Church? Their contempt for Luther oozes out of every effort they make.

Concordia Publishing House is a warning label.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

St. Crispin's Day Speech

 "We few, we happy few, we band of brothers."


St. Crispin's Day





WESTMORLAND. O that we now had here
But one ten thousand of those men in England
That do no work to-day!

KING. What's he that wishes so?
My cousin, Westmorland? No, my fair cousin;
If we are mark'd to die, we are enough
To do our country loss; and if to live,
The fewer men, the greater share of honour.
God's will! I pray thee, wish not one man more.
By Jove, I am not covetous for gold,
Nor care I who doth feed upon my cost;
It yearns me not if men my garments wear;
Such outward things dwell not in my desires.
But if it be a sin to covet honour,
I am the most offending soul alive.
No, faith, my coz, wish not a man from England.
God's peace! I would not lose so great an honour
As one man more methinks would share from me
For the best hope I have. O, do not wish one more!
Rather proclaim it, Westmorland, through my host,
That he which hath no stomach to this fight,
Let him depart; his passport shall be made, 
And crowns for convoy put into his purse;
We would not die in that man's company
That fears his fellowship to die with us.
This day is call'd the feast of Crispian.
He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when this day is nam'd,
And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
He that shall live this day, and see old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
And say "To-morrow is Saint Crispian."
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars,
And say "These wounds I had on Crispin's day."
Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
But he'll remember, with advantages,
What feats he did that day. Then shall our names,
Familiar in his mouth as household words—
Harry the King, Bedford and Exeter,
Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester
Be in their flowing cups freshly rememb'red.
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be rememberèd—
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs'd they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.