Monday, May 2, 2016

Rogate Service Truncated Due To Problems Saving the File


The video file did not save properly for Rogate Sunday. Pray that it does not happen again.

I was able to place a shorter version up, which begins with the Epistle Lesson, James 1.

The written sermon will appear on the blog and in that service some time today.

The Jackson Rose Farm Is Bursting into Bloom - How To Get There

Our extra newspapers were on the soil, out in the rain and snow,
all winter. They were loaded with earthworms, dampness, and soil critters.

When Sassy and I returned from our morning walk on Sunday, the owner of the nearby plant nursery was there with his son and their new dog. Sassy wanted to meet them as they entered our cul-de-sac. Because of some neighborhood business that developed, we had a long visit that ended up in our yard and in our house. Mrs. Ichabod had a great time answered a bunch of little boy questions, and Sassy had a new dog-friend, Opie.

Our yard is rapidly developing into a destination for rose lovers. Almost Eden handles the plants I know little about, and I began to grow them and learn about them last year.

Here is our current bloom list:
All 20 of the roses in the maple tree garden are blooming now, because they mostly came from the Gurney's specials of 5 for $25 last year. Some of them are already favorites of mine or others.

  • Mr. Lincoln and Veteran's Honor, both fragrant reds, are producing intensely beautiful red blooms.
  • Peace is ready to burst into bloom, with bushes full of buds.
  • Pink Peace had such spectacular blooms that I cut some for the chiro.
  • Pope John Paul II produced some perfect white blooms for the bouquet, above. Some may be getting hit by aphids already. They are a good trap plant to attract aphids that feed the beneficial insects. The next round will be won by the beneficials like the ichneumon wasp and flower flies.
  • Queen Elizabeth bloomed and was so captivating that Almost Eden took a vase home with some unidentified orange roses from the first planting - 8 for $64, QVC.
  • Tropicana is a great rose for cutting, short canes and enormous blooms.
  • Many others are just starting to show off their colors.
  • Each red KnockOut has 50 buds and blooms. The white KnockOuts, another aphid haven, is in full bloom, and so are the two pink KnockOuts.
  • The new roses are popping their first leaves and seem 100% growing.
The ill-fated straw bale slug farm was here.
The sunny garden should be reserved for heat and sun-loving plants:
such as sunflowers and tomatoes.

Last year's plants respond to two rainfalls, the last one - 4 inches!
  1. The blueberry canes were already flowering and fruiting. Now they look very prosperous.
  2. Trumpet vines in several places seem likely to grow more and flower for the hummingbirds.
  3. Blackberry bushes have gone from survival to spreading themselves.
  4. Raspberry canes in the sunny garden are also spreading. They are candidates for the Wild Garden.
  5. The wild strawberries, which spread on their own and also via the B-52 bombing tactics of birds, are all over the yard and stretched out in a shady area - fruiting like crazy. Their berries are little red jewels.
  6. The elderberry plants are tall and budding, soon to flower, with many sprouts around their base. Soon they will be a hedge for birds and a home for beneficial insects. See below for EFN - extra floral nectar.
  7. Three butterfly bushes are bursting into growth, and one is struggling. The last one may not get the water it needs, so it is on my rescue list again this year, Last year the slugs were feasting on its tender growth.
  8. The honeysuckle vine is bursting with buds and starting to claim territory. I used some gardening tape to help it cling to the tree stump I left in place, with a soaker hose draping down on it to water it extra. The vine said, "Thanks I will make my own supports on the soaker hose, to sip it more effectively."
Lawns are so boring and wasteful.
This has become all rose garden.

Extra Flower Nectar - From Jessica Walliser

The extrafloral nectar produced via the specialized structures on this cherry leaf offers a sweet reward to beneficial insects in return for their help controlling herbivorous pests. 

The composition of EFN is different from that of floral nectar. It’s about 95 percent sugars and 5 percent amino acids, lipids, and other components. It is known to be a suitable food source for a large range of insect species; it is not, however, a complete source of nutrition and therefore makes beneficial insects need to feed on protein sources (like pest insects!) to fill in the nutritional gaps. 

A study that examined the EFN of lima beans to determine its role in attracting predators and parasitoids determined that parasitic wasp and fly species were significantly increased when artificial EFN was present, and the bean tendrils with artificial EFN present had significantly less pest damage than those without the artificial EFN. You may ask why these researchers had to use artificial EFN for their project. Interestingly, natural EFN is often secreted in conjunction with semiochemicals, making it difficult to determine whether the parasitoids and predators are coming because of the EFN or because they are receiving the emergency signal from the plant. These researchers, however, only added the artificial EFN in amounts and locations similar to natural EFN production. It was clear in this study that the presence of EFN alone accounted for the increase in predation and parasitism. 

Many different insects sip EFN, including a large number of natural enemies, making it a valuable tool in a plant’s defensive arsenal. When plants with the ability to excrete EFN are attacked by herbivores, they pump out more of it in hopes of luring in the good guys. EFN serves as an indirect defense against herbivores and can be produced throughout the day and even during the night. 

EFN can be produced by members of many common plant families, including Rosaceae (roses, strawberries), Euphorbiaceae (euphorbias, poinsettias), Asteraceae (asters), Liliaceae (lilies), Fabaceae (peas, beans), Curbitaceae (squash, cucumbers, melons), and Asclepiadaceae (milkweed). In my garden I can readily spot EFN production sites on my elderberries, fruit trees, beautyberries, peonies, sunflowers, morning glories, impatiens, and hibiscus. EFN is, in fact, a very important extra nutrient source for natural enemies, especially when prey are scarce. Being on the lookout for EFN production sites on your own plants can lead to some interesting interactions with insects.

Walliser, Jessica (2014-02-26). Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden: A Natural Approach to Pest Control (Kindle Locations 1468-1492). Timber Press. Kindle Edition. 

Needless to say, the EFN section really woke me up about the engineering of plants at Creation. I always thought of nectar being the bait for pollinators - and it is. But the production of EFN clearly aims at (the purpose puzzle - evolution? no Creation) attracting beneficial insects. Subsequently, we can see the value of a plant crawling with insects for the bird population. They see plants as a good place to gather insects for themselves and their young.

Sunflowers develop their EFN especially early, so they are valuable for their size and battleship sized platforms for all life. A grasshopper can munch away (until eaten) on a leaf and not hurt the plant. The beneficial insects gather for the rich food resources. Birds and squirrels look forward to the seeds, and the bees carefully pollinate each bud of the compound flower.

The oldest part of the main rose garden kept its mulch,
because we mulched it again whenever weeds erupted through it.

Do Not Stir or Shred the Earthworms
Another question came in about earthworms, cardboard, and newspaper. The contributor will remain anonymous at a secure, undisclosed location.

He asked about rototilling and earthworms! I ask in return, "Would you bring a lit torch into a fireworks display?"

There is no need to rototill or dig organic materials into the soil, because the earthworms and other soil creatures will accomplish this on their own.

Newspapers and cardboard have the primary job of blocking the sun and tying up nitrogen that weeds and grasses need. The result is decomposition of everything green underneath. Green stuff, even old straw, is high nitrogen and candy for the bacteria. The earthworms graze on bacteria, so their population soon explodes, especially among the red wigglers which specialize in this kind of digging, tunneling, and reproducing.

The wind easily picks up newspapers and cardboard, so I use organic matter - leaves and wood mulch - to hold down them down. Cardboard stays down the best and covers the longest. Later, anyone can poke through cardboard to plant or cut rows for crops. Newspaper are good for this too, but tend to dissolve faster, especially in a summer of torrential rains (last year in Springdale - 14 inches once).

If I had a brand new area to garden, I would carpet it with cardboard, hold it down with weighty stuff, and add all the organic material I could get for free - manure, grass clippings, leaves, etc. Some things are going to sprout the best weeds ever - like spoiled hay and grass clippings. In that case, cardboard alone is a good start when weighed down. We had great results from cardboard laid down in the fall and weighted with everything we could find, from logs to actual dumb-bells. The winds were howling when we got the Wild Garden started.

Some municipalities offer free mulch or compost from their gathering and storage of tree leaves. That would be a great opportunity for  those who blessed by such far-sighted town fathers. Midland Michigan would dump a truckload of free wood mulch when asked, and I had a blast wheelbarrowing that all over the yard. The kids next door, noticing the exotic cedar mulch, said, "It smells like Christmas."

The crepe myrtle bush was leafing out,
the logs scattered as we expand the rose garden.

Support Your Fungal Jungle
The earthworm is a shredder and mixer, an earth-mover of incredible energy and tenacity. But the real decomposer and feeder is the fungus. Its microscopic strands connect its food (like a rotting bird) to the roots of various plants, including trees. Fungus feeds the root hairs in exchange for carbon it needs to grow. Expert management? Credit the Creating Word for the software in each creature, directing its role.

Fungus is the primary reason why gardeners do not walk around their plants unless absolutely necessary. The fungal role is also the best reason for leaving the soil alone and not osterizing it.

My best corn patch consisted of a compost pit four feet deep, the corn rows mulched with piles of grass clippings over newspaper, but also mulched and shaded by Atlantic Giant pumpkin vines. The compost below had tree clippings, Christmas trees, grass, rabbit manure, and every last ounce of autumn leaves we could find. Shameless, I scraped slimy piles of leaves from the street.

Mix the compost? No thanks. I gave up on that early, especially when I saw how ardently the earthworms worked and wooed and won new territory. Mr. Gardener asked me yesterday if I was digging earthworms for fishing. I said, "I don't dig worms up, I plant them." He laughed.

We dig the holes for the roses before mulching, plant the bare roots,
then lay down cardboard and wood mulch.
The grass, weeds, and clover are my free compost.

Wood Not Hurt
Almost Eden also asked about my rustic fence and where I got all the logs for that project. I told him how I walked around and drove around with the right-sized logs and stumps in mind. The newest fence is from across the street.

Wood is food for fungus, and logs are havens for toads. Therefore, I agree with Queen Elizabeth in fostering fungal growth wherever possible. A patch of soil in the sun will grow plants. If the same patch is shaded with a stump, it will foster the growth of soil creatures, from earthworms to centipedes, milipedes, springtails, slugs, and more. Lift a stump and there will be impressions from the soil life in the stump and the soil. The toads like the shade and the abundance of food.

Two stumps sit in the middle of the mulched main rose garden. They are for the birds and visitors to perch on. I also have little lawn chairs for the delicate who do not want to share with birds. Beneath each stump is a zone of cypress mulch and newspaper or cardboard, many voids where moisture and air can feed a population of decomposers and predators. A Creation gardener simply activates the principles already instilled at the beginning. 

Before the maple tree garden bloomed,
the rose buds were forming.

J. C. Ryle: An Anglican Bishop of the Old School - From Churchmouse, 2011

J C Ryle: an Anglican bishop of the old school « Churchmouse Campanologist:

As an antidote to the recent Church of England debacle involving St Paul’s Cathedral and Occupy, it seems apposite to examine a bishop who did much for the Church: J C Ryle.
John Charles Ryle was born in 1816 to a wealthy banker.  Having attended Eton and Christ Church, Oxford, his family expected him to pursue a career in politics.  However, Ryle felt called to the priesthood and was ordained in 1842.

Read more at this link. The quotations are especially worthwhile.

Would that we had priests and bishops like this today.

My chief desire in all my writings, is to exalt the Lord Jesus Christ and make Him beautiful and glorious in the eyes of men; and to promote the increase of repentance, faith, and holiness upon earth.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Rogate Sunday, 2016. The Fifth Sunday after Easter. John 16:23-30.
Luther's Five Points of Prayer

Rogate 2016 - The Fifth Sunday after Easter. 

 Pastor Gregory L. Jackson

The Hymn # 202                         Welcome Happy Morning                           
The Confession of Sins
The Absolution
The Introit p. 16
The Gloria Patri
The Kyrie p. 17
The Gloria in Excelsis
The Salutation and Collect p. 19
The Epistle and Gradual 
The Gospel 
Glory be to Thee, O Lord!
Praise be to Thee, O Christ!
The Nicene Creed p. 22
The Sermon Hymn #454        Prayer Is the Soul's Sincere Desire

Prayer Is the Fruit of  a Christian's Faith

The Communion Hymn # 207            Like the Golden Sun  
The Preface p. 24
The Sanctus p. 26
The Lord's Prayer p. 27
The Words of Institution
The Agnus Dei p. 28
The Nunc Dimittis p. 29
The Benediction p. 31
The Hymn #457                What a Friend We Have in Jesus

KJV James 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. 23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. 25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. 26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain. 27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

KJV John 16:23 And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. 24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full. 25 These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father. 26 At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you: 27 For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God. 28 I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father. 29 His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb. 30 Now are we sure that thou knowest all things, and needest not that any man should ask thee: by this we believe that thou camest forth from God.

Fifth Sunday After Easter
Lord God, heavenly Father, who through Thy Son didst promise us that whatsoever we ask in His name Thou wilt give us: We beseech Thee, keep us in Thy word, and grant us Thy Holy Spirit, that He may govern us according to Thy will; protect us from the power of the devil, from false doctrine and worship; also defend our lives against all danger; grant us Thy blessing and peace, that we may in all things perceive Thy merciful help, and both now and forever praise and glorify Thee as our gracious Father, through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, one true God, world without end. Amen.

Prayer Is the Fruit of of a Christian's Faith
KJV John 16:23 And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.

The opening of this Gospel lesson is the culmination of Jesus' childbirth analogy, comparing His death and resurrection to the experience of labor and the joy of a new baby born. So this passage on prayer follows the pattern seen throughout the New Testament, where the Gospel promises precede the Lord's encouragement to pray.

Coming out of a monastic experience of laws and commands, Luther like to say that God does not command the believer, He persuades. America still suffers from a confusion about prayer, because of the way it is often presented, not to mention confusion about the Word always conveying Jesus through the power of the Spirit.

Evangelical Conversion by Prayer
The typical presentation today has people believing after they hear the Gospel. "What do I do now?" The answer - "Pray for Jesus to enter your heart." There is even a basic Sinner's Prayer along those lines.

The proclamation of the Gospel itself brings Jesus to the individual, whether that person is a believer or not. It is the Holy Spirit working in the Word that does this. The very act of prayer in the Name of Jesus is an act of faith. As Peter said, "I believe. Help my unbelief." 

Grace Separated from the Gospel
This should always concern us, that grace is separated from the Gospel proclamation. This happens several  ways among the errorists.

The first is the one I just described. The person believes, but he is commanded to pray for grace. He already received grace through the Word, which caused him to believe for the first time - or the Gospel renewed his faith. The message of Jesus' death and resurrection is grace - they are never separated.

Prayer is taught as THE Means of Grace. Worship in church is expected, but not really important. The prayer group (from Pietism) is where grace is received. This comes from Pietism and from Roman Catholic prayer groups (rosary groups) that inspired Spener. As I have said before, someone can be a paid Bible study leader at a Baptist church and brag about never going to church for decades.

Despising the Means of Grace. The Sacraments are denied the power of the visible Word, so Holy Baptism and Holy Communion are neglected and often belittled as mattering very little. This easily collapses in the clown ministries offered in generic circus locations everywhere in every denomination. Do NOT call it a church. Do NOT give it a name associated with the Christian faith. Do NOT wear anything more formal than hiking clothes. Long ago a Church Growth leader among the Lutherans said, "If Jesus were conducting His ministry today"....(He isn't through the Means of Grace?!) "He would have something like The Tonight Show on TV." That minister became a burn-out and lost his entire church empire.

One error piles on another error and this results in confusion and lack of faith in the Gospel itself.

KJV John 16:23 And in that day ye shall ask me nothing.
This is the kind of statement that wakes us up. It does not sound right. In fact, it is stated in such a way that we have to take notice. At the time, the disciples were dependent upon Jesus for everything, and they were always asking Him to teach them and provide for them in various ways. But now, they would ask the Father directly in His Name because they were His brothers by faith. What would move them to ask and persuade them to ask? The energy of the Gospel at work does that. 

Luther's Five Requirements of Prayer

1. The Gospel Promise
The first requirement of prayer is the Gospel Promise, as I mentioned above. But this increases in power with its purity. Many hear a watered down Gospel or they listen to a clever combination of Gospel and Law, such as the demand for works "to adorn faith" as the Church of Rome claims.

What does this means - Behold the Lamb of God, who bears the sins of the world?
That means the Son of God has been born of the Virgin, has performed great and unique miracles to confirm His divine Word, and suffered torture and death to pay for all of our sins, His innocence displayed in His resurrection. When we confuse regret over past sins with a lack of forgiveness, we are saying, "That sin remains on Jesus. He has only destroyed and conquered my minor sins, not my major sins.  The major sins are still there." That puts a lie on the Gospel message, that Jesus bears all the sins, that He is our righteousness, our perfection that we receive through faith.

The Christian believer is forgiven all sins each day because the Spirit brings Jesus to Him each day. The individual is still a sinner, but sin no longer controls and enslaves him. It is wonderful to see how the Gospel breaks people out of their slavery to impulse, addiction, cruelty, and blasphemy. John Bunyan was such a horrible person that his conversion itself was seen as a Gospel miracle by all his acquaintances. No one was written off more than he was, and the rest of his life consisted of teaching that Gospel, as in The Pilgrim's Progress.

2. Faith in God's Promise
Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. 24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.

Note this will be written out later, because our neighbor and his little boy came over to visit.

3. Faith That Our Prayer Will Be Heard

4. A Sense of Our Unworthiness

5. That We Never Limit God in Any Way

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Luther's Gospel Sermon for Rogate Sunday. John 16:23-30

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Luther's Second Sermon for ROGATE  - FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER EASTER

KJV John 16:23 And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. 24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full. 25 These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father. 26 At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you: 27 For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God. 28 I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father. 29 His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb. 30 Now are we sure that thou knowest all things, and needest not that any man should ask thee: by this we believe that thou camest forth from God.

This sermon on prayer is in part a repetition of the preceding sermon.

German text: Erlangen Edition, 12:165; Walch Edition, 11:1251; St. Louis Walch, 11:927.





* He who doubts that he will be heard commits a double sin 3-4.




1. First we note that in order for a prayer to be really right and to be heard five things are required. The first is, that we have from God his promise or his permission to speak to him, and that we remember the same before we pray and remind God of it, thereby encouraging ourselves to pray in a calm and confident frame of mind. Had God not told us to pray, and pledged himself to hear us, none of his creatures could ever, with all their prayers, obtain so much as a grain of corn. From this, then, there follows that no one receives anything from God by virtue of his own merit or that of his prayer. His answer comes by virtue of the divine goodness alone, which precedes every prayer and desire, which moves us, through his gracious promise and call, to pray and to desire, in order that we may learn how much he cares for us, and how he is more ready to give than we are to receive. He would have us seek to become bold, to pray in a calm and confident spirit, since he offers all, and even more, than we are able to ask.

2. In the second place, it is necessary that we never doubt the pledge and promise of the true and faithful God. For even to this end did God pledge himself to hear, yea, commanded us to pray, in order that we may always have a sure and firm faith that we will be heard; as Jesus says in Matthew 21:22: “All things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” Christ says in Luke 11:9-13: “And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. And of which of you that is a father shall his son ask a loaf, and he give him a stone? or a fish, and he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he give him a scorpion? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” With this and like promises and commands we must consolingly exercise ourselves and pray in true confidence.

3. In the third place, if one prays doubting that God will hear him, and only offers his prayers as a venture, whether it be granted or not granted, he is guilty of two wicked deeds. The first is, that he, himself, makes his prayer unavailing and he labors in vain. For Jesus says: “Whoever will ask of God, let him ask in faith, nothing doubting: for he that doubteth is like the surge of the sea driven by the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive anything of the Lord.” James 1:6-7. He means that the heart of such a man does not continue stable, therefore God can give it nothing; but faith keeps the heart calm and stable and makes it receptive for the divine gifts.

4. The other wicked deed is, that he regards his most true and faithful God as a liar and an unstable and doubtful being; as one who can not or will not keep his promise; and thus through his doubt he robs God of his honor and of his name of truth and faithfulness. In this, such a grievous sin is committed that by this sin a Christian becomes a heathen, denying and losing his own God, and thus he remains in his sin, and must be condemned forever, without comfort. Moreover, if he receives that for which he prays, it will be given, not for his salvation, but for his punishment in time and eternity and it is not for the sake of the prayers, but because of his wrath that God rewards the good words which were spoken in sin, unbelief and divine dishonor.

5. In the fourth place, some say: Yes, I would gladly trust that my prayer would be heard, if I were only worthy and prayed aright. My answer is: If you do not pray until you know and experience that you are fit, then you will never need to pray. As I have said before, our prayers must not be founded nor rest upon ourselves or their own merits, but upon the unshakable truth of the divine promise. Where they are founded upon anything else, they are false, and deceive us, even though the heart break in the midst of its great devotions and we weep drops of blood. The very reason we do pray is because of our unworthiness; and just through the fact that we believe we are unworthy and confidently venture upon God’s faithfulness to his Word do we become worthy to pray and to be heard. Be you as unworthy as you may, only look to it, and with all earnestness accept it as true, that a thousandfold more depends upon this, that you know God’s truth and not change his faithful promise into a lie by your doubting. Your worthiness does not help you, but your unworthiness is no barrier. Disbelief condemns you, and trust makes you worthy and sustains you.

6. Therefore, be on your guard all through life that you may never think yourself worthy or fit to pray or to receive; unless it be that you discover yourself to be a freebold character risking all upon the faithful and sure promises of your gracious God, who thus wishes to reveal to you his mercy and goodness. Just as he, out of pure grace, has promised you, being so unworthy, an unmerited and unasked hearing, so will he also hear you, an unworthy beggar, out of pure grace, to the praise of his truth and promise. This he does in order that you may thank, not your worthiness, but his truth, by which he fulfils his promise, and that you thank his mercy that gave the promise, that the saying in Psalm 25:8-10 may stand: “Good and upright is Jehovah: Therefore will he instruct sinners in the way. The meek will he guide in justice; and the meek will he teach his way.

All the paths of Jehovah are loving kindness and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.” Loving-kindness or mercy in the promise; faithfulness and truth in the fulfilling or hearing of the promises.

And in another Psalm he says: “Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.” Psalm 85:10. That is, they come together in every work and gift we receive from God through prayer.

7. In the fifth place, one should so act in this confidence of prayer as not to limit God and specify the day or place, nor designate the way or measure of the prayer’s fulfillment; but leave all to his own will, wisdom and almighty power. Then confidently and cheerfully await the answer, not even wishing to know how and where, how soon, how long, and through whom. His divine wisdom will find far better ways and measures, time and place, than we can devise, even should we perform miracles. So, in the Old Testament, the children of Israel all trusted in God to deliver them while yet there was no possible way before their eyes, nor even in their thoughts; then the Red Sea parted and offered them a way through the waters, and suddenly drowned all their enemies. Exodus 14.

8. Thus Judith, the holy woman, did when she heard that the citizens of Bethulia wished to deliver the city to their enemies within five days if God, in the meantime, did not help. She reproved them and said, Now who are ye, that have tempted God? They are not designs by which one acquires grace; but they awaken more disgrace. Do you wish to set a time for God to show you mercy, and specify a day according to your own pleasure?

Judith 8:10-12. Then the Lord helped her in a wonderful manner, in that she cut off the head of the great Holofernes and dispersed the enemies.

9. In like manner, St. Paul says that God’s ability is thus proved, in that he does exceeding abundantly above and better than we ask or think. Ephesians 3:20. Therefore, we should know that we are too finite to be able to name, picture or designate the time, place, way, measure and other circumstances for that which we ask of God. Let us leave that entirely to him, and immovably and steadfastly believe that he will hear us.

UOJ Must Silence the Gospel Witness of St. Paul, Luther, the Reformation, and the Book of Concord

Jay Webber prefers Rambach to Chemnitz
and calls Pietistic dogma "Orthodox Lutheranism."

I have read, studied, and posted graphics
from Luther's Galatians Commentary,
which eviscerates Webber's careless and unresearched efforts.

Lutheran Orthodoxy last for a time after
the Book of Concord in 1580,
but Pietism crept in to take over and supplant the Gospel.

The previous post - involving the gaseous Jay Webber - shows how persistently and perniciously UOJ has to have the last word on everything.

What qualifies Jay Webber to speak ceaselessly about his favorite false doctrine? His unaccredited online STM? His books - which do not exist?

One can be a scholar without either one. Many laity are far more proficient in the Word than the self-appointed UOJ Rottweilers.

Webber is quite similar to Paul McCain, who graduated from Ft. Wayne at about the same time. McCain's plagiarism made Otten and Cascione - both UOJ fanatics - think the putative editor was a scholar.

If copying and pasting from the Net is scholarship, then Ski and Tim Glende will soon be teaching at Mequon - or Harvard.

But the intriguing thing is how hard these yahoos work at silencing the Lutheran Gospel. How much hatred much they have for the efficacy of the Word in the Means of Grace?

Has anyone noticed how these UOJ Stormtroopers betray their non-Lutheran perspective by their use of language? The beautiful confessional language of the Book of Concord is completely missing. They seem unable to say "justification by faith" and "the Means of Grace." They should be able to work from the Biblical doctrine of the efficacy of the Word to deal with all Christian doctrine. But they are silent about that too.

Luther is nothing more than a rabbit's foot for these UOJ experts. They mention him, as if that matters, and show no knowledge of Luther's doctrine at all.

And do not miss this - it is not Luther's doctrine  they speak about. It is not Biblical doctrine they write about. It is "our doctrine," which could mean the Imperial We or the dogma of their sect, a covert nod to their peculiar and pernicious concepts.

The Word of God is His alone. We do not have a license to play with words and use them to advance our careers by agreeing with the dumbest and most obstinate among the American Lutherans. How strange that the scholars of the world have missed the point entirely that Luther taught Pietism's UOJ before Halle Pietism existed. How far-sighted of him.

Like it or not, I was very well read in modern the Reformation theology before I joined the WELS. I never heard of UOJ until it exploded in Christian News. I had trouble believing it was the backbone of Synodical Conference dogma. But - as LCMS, WELS, and the ELS stated publicly, UOJ is the ONE THING THEY AGREE ON COMPLETELY - FILLING THEM WITH JOY!

Naturally, they have kept their degraded dogma to themselves, letting people think OJ is the atonement and SJ is justification by faith. That is not true.

Point out the UOJ raving of David Scaer and the toxic reactions immediately fill the air with vulgarity (Larry Beane) or citations of the Eighth Commandment and Matthew 18. Neither passage applies, but they are used all the time - once again tonight on Facebook.

Faithless Jay Webber Does Not Grasp the Meaning of Plain English -
And Certainly Knows Little Greek and Less Latin

David Jay Webber And while you're at it you can also read mine. wink emoticonMy essay on this subject focuses quite extensively on Luther's teaching, and dispels the myth that Luther did not teach objective justification.

Ron Pederson I have read it, some time ago though. Jay, how could anyone say that God has forgiven the sins of the world which includes all people and then say that that does not include every individual? Isn’t that the real comfort of the Gospel. If God has forgiven the world, all people, then that includes my sin too? Forgive me, but it just seems absurd to me to say that God has forgiven the sins of the world, all people, but not me as an individual.
David Jay Webber It's a matter of the most helpful way to explain it, in keeping with the pattern of sound words. And do you offer comfort to people based on their inclusion in objective justification, apart from an emphasis on the here-and-now forgiveness that God is offering and bestowing in the means of grace? Isn't that the best way to make forgiveness personal and individual - to say, "Your sins are forgiven"? The truth of objective justification gives you the basis and the confidence to announce this forgiveness to every penitent individual, in a very personal way. But that's subjective justification - as built on the foundation of objective justification. That's not making objective justification as such an individual thing.
Ron Pederson I agree that in Pastoral teaching/preaching we most certainly need to include both objective and subjective justification. But if it is the basis of subjective justification, objective justification, that we are addressing, especially in doctrinal sta...See More
David Jay Webber Where does the Bible say this? I can show you where it says that Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, but not that he takes away the sin of each individual. I can show you where it says that Christ is the propitiation for the sins of the whole world, but not that that he is the propitiation for the sins of each individual. I can show you where it says that in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, but not that in Christ God was reconciling each individual to himself. On the basis of logic and syllogistic deductions, you are imposing individual terms onto Biblical descriptions of a universal event which employ universal terms. Why do this? Just teach general or universal justification in general and universal terms, and teach personal or individual justification in personal and individual terms.

Once again, Jay Webber proves his lack of English reading comprehension. His Greek ignorance is a given, but one does not have to know the Biblical languages to understand a good, precise translation in the KJV tradition.

But the discussion above is especially fun because Ron Pederson is an ELS pastor who often jumps in to defend Objective Justification. But he is not extreme enough for Jar Jar Webber, who must have the last word on everything, even if it means repeating himself endlessly without providing any evidence for his opinions.

Whether it is called Objective Justification, General Justification, or Universal Objective Justification, the dogma comes from Halle Pietism, long after the Lutheran Reformation, and is completely alien to Biblical justification.

The core dogma of UOJ is - God has declared the entire world forgiven of sin. That is embedded in the Brief Statement of 1932 from the LCMS, which marked the beginning of the end for Missouri.

To this day, as one LCMS District President admitted, Objective Justification is not taught in any Missouri catechism, but only in the hideous Kuske WELS catechism. How did they all agree to get together on the basis of UOJ?

The hymn for the Emmaus Conference was - I'd Rather Have Rambach -

to this tune -


  1. I’d rather have Rambach with silver and gold;
    I’d rather be Pietist with riches untold;
    I’d rather have Rambach with houses and lands;
    I’d rather be led by the Halle U. band.
    • Refrain:
      And to be the king of a vast domain
      And be held in sin’s dread sway;
      I’d rather have Rambach than anything
      The Gospel affords today.
  2. I’d rather have Spener with men’s applause;
    I’d rather be faithful to UOJ's cause;
    I’d rather have Rambach and worldwide fame;
    I’d rather be true to Halle U's name.
  3. They're fairer than roses or sauerkraut;
    They're sweeter than Thrivent grants without doubt;
    They're all that my Old Adam needs;
    I’d rather have Rambach and let him lead.

 Valleskey is a good example of promoting UOJ
and Church Growth in the same book,
which Webber considers "weird."
The Synodical Conference does this inconsistently
but persistently.