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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Synodical Lutherans Are - So Mormon

 Here endeth the lesson from Second Kolob.

We attended a Mormon funeral, and many details were strikingly similar to the characteristics of synodical Lutherans today.

  1. The funeral bulletin began with Mormon Scripture that borrowed heavily from 1 Corinthians 15. Plagiarism is common among the "confessional" Lutherans, from CPH editor Paul McCain to the Glende-Ski clown act in the alcoholism center of America - Fox Valley. Mequon encourages plagiarism and their Brug translation is a good example of it.
  2. Mormon hymnals publish their pagan hymns along with verbatim copies of Christian hymns. They strive to give the impression of being Christian, but try to figure out this hymn - If You Could Hie to Kolob. Here is more on Kolob. I immediately thought of the WELS hymn on planning, because the leaders of WELS-ELS-LCMS worship Management by Objectives, which is utterly secular. Lutheran evangelism has nothing to do with the Word of God because they do not believe in the efficacy of the Word. But statistics - that lights up the apple of their eyes.
  3. Let cousin Brunhilda sing. If the worship service becomes amateur hour, then the entire extended family will show up and musical pratfalls will be overlooked, even praised. 
  4. It's all about the Benjies. The Mormon International Church is a vast business model that sucks up money and produce from the faithful. The rulers of Mormonism benefit endlessly. The Synodical Lutherans do the same, squeezing little congregations dry to make sure the bureaucrats are wined and dined in style. Synodical salaries and benefits are shamelessly inflated, which gives each incompetent slavish loyalty to the source of his paychecks. When they dissolve a congregation, they keep the equity.
  5. Secrecy is appealing. Long ago, Charles Dickens observed that secrecy increases interest that would otherwise be almost zero. Mormon rituals can easily be studied, and Lutheran synod secrets are well known. Pretending to have secrets will make more people want to be part of the rabble that controls the Benjies. Would you give up a free (and tax-free) trip to exotic locations by telling the truth? If you say, "NO!" you have a future in WELS-ELS-LCMS.
  6. Mormons claim to be Biblical but their little helper books, like Doctrine and Covenants tell the real story. Likewise, the LCMS is so Biblical that verses fall out of their albs, copes, and mitres. But, lo, the real story in Missouri is their new version of the Titanic, a dogmatics books so large in size and cost that they can keep members, seminarians, and clergy away from the Scriptures for several decades. The LCMS-WELS-ELS leaders are just as neo-Barthian as their idols at Fuller Seminary. 
 Honor the Reformation's 500th by buying your dog
a Luther t-shirt, your wife a shot glass, and your pastor
this neo-Barthian monstrosity.

 This is why Concordia Publishing House should
be considered a warning label.

 CPH Dog collar

Shot glass coaster.

Frisbees really come from Yale originally.
Kintz and McCain should study church history.

 Mormons have plenty of drunks too,
in spite of their rules

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Greek Lesson - John 12

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John 11:47 συνηγαγον ουν οι αρχιερεις και οι φαρισαιοι συνεδριον και ελεγον τι ποιουμεν οτι ουτος ο ανθρωπος πολλα σημεια ποιει
48 εαν αφωμεν αυτον ουτως παντες πιστευσουσιν εις αυτον και ελευσονται οι ρωμαιοι και αρουσιν ημων και τον τοπον και το εθνος
49 εις δε τις εξ αυτων καιαφας αρχιερευς ων του ενιαυτου εκεινου ειπεν αυτοις "υμεις ουκ οιδατε ουδεν
50 ουδε διαλογιζεσθε οτι συμφερει ημιν ινα εις ανθρωπος αποθανη υπερ του λαου και μη ολον το εθνος αποληται"
51 τουτο δε (αφ εαυτου ουκ) ειπεν αλλα αρχιερευς ων του ενιαυτου εκεινου προεφητευσεν οτι εμελλεν ο ιησους αποθνησκειν υπερ του εθνους
52 και ουχ υπερ του εθνους μονον αλλ ινα και τα τεκνα του θεου τα διεσκορπισμενα συναγαγη εις εν
53 απ εκεινης ουν της ημερας, συνεβουλευσαντο ινα αποκτεινωσιν αυτον
54 ιησους ουν ουκ ετι παρρησια περιεπατει εν τοις ιουδαιοις αλλα απηλθεν εκειθεν εις την χωραν εγγυς της ερημου, εις εφραιμ λεγομενην πολιν, κακει διετριβεν μετα των μαθητων αυτου
55 ην δε εγγυς το πασχα των ιουδαιων και ανεβησαν πολλοι εις ιεροσολυμα εκ της χωρας προ του πασχα ινα αγνισωσιν εαυτους
56 εζητουν ουν τον ιησουν, και ελεγον μετ αλληλων εν τω ιερω εστηκοτες, " τι δοκει υμιν οτι ου μη ελθη εις την εορτην?
57 δεδωκεισαν δε και οι αρχιερεις και οι φαρισαιοι εντολην ινα εαν τις γνω που εστιν μηνυση οπως πιασωσιν αυτον

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12 ο ουν ιησους προ εξ ημερων του πασχα ηλθεν εις βηθανιαν οπου ην λαζαρος ο τεθνηκως ον ηγειρεν εκ νεκρων
Hemerocallis - beautiful for a day, Daylilies
εποιησαν ουν αυτω δειπνον εκει και η μαρθα διηκονει - ο δε λαζαρος εις ην των συνανακειμενων αυτω
η ουν μαρια λαβουσα λιτραν μυρου ναρδου πιστικης πολυτιμου ηλειψεν τους ποδας του ιησου και εξεμαξεν ταις θριξιν αυτης τους ποδας αυτου η δε οικια επληρωθη εκ της οσμης του μυρου
pleroma is the fullness of the Godhead, Colossians 2:9, used 17 times in NT
λεγει ουν εις εκ των μαθητων αυτου ιουδας σιμωνος ισκαριωτης ο μελλων αυτον παραδιδοναι
Does his name refer to being a member of the Zealots. Short swords?
διατι τουτο το μυρον ουκ επραθη τριακοσιων δηναριων και εδοθη πτωχοις?
ειπεν δε τουτο ουχ οτι περι των πτωχων εμελεν αυτω αλλ οτι κλεπτης ην και το γλωσσοκομον ειχεν και τα βαλλομενα εβασταζεν
So he carried the ball - the money thrown
ειπεν ουν ο ιησους αφες αυτην εις την ημεραν του ενταφιασμου μου τετηρηκεν αυτο
Hydriotaphia, Urn Burial, or, a Discourse of the Sepulchral Urns lately found in Norfolk is a work by Sir Thomas Browne, published in 1658
τους πτωχους γαρ παντοτε εχετε μεθ εαυτων εμε δε ου παντοτε εχετε
εγνω ουν οχλος πολυς εκ των ιουδαιων οτι εκει εστιν και ηλθον ου δια τον ιησουν μονον αλλ ινα και τον λαζαρον ιδωσιν ον ηγειρεν εκ νεκρων
Here we see how appealing and dangerous Lazareth is
10 εβουλευσαντο δε οι αρχιερεις ινα και τον λαζαρον αποκτεινωσιν
Lazareth is evidence
11 οτι πολλοι δι αυτον υπηγον των ιουδαιων και επιστευον εις τον ιησουν
12 τη επαυριον οχλος πολυς ο ελθων εις την εορτην, ακουσαντες οτι ερχεται ο ιησους εις ιεροσολυμα
13 ελαβον τα βαια των φοινικων και εξηλθον εις υπαντησιν αυτω και εκραζον ωσαννα ευλογημενος ο ερχομενος εν ονοματι κυριου ο βασιλευς του ισραηλ
14 ευρων δε ο ιησους οναριον εκαθισεν επ αυτο καθως εστιν γεγραμμενον
15 μη φοβου θυγατερ σιων ιδου ο βασιλευς σου ερχεται καθημενος επι πωλον ονου
16 ταυτα δε ουκ εγνωσαν οι μαθηται αυτου το πρωτον, αλλ οτε εδοξασθη ο ιησους τοτε εμνησθησαν οτι ταυτα ην επ αυτω γεγραμμενα και ταυτα εποιησαν αυτω
17 εμαρτυρει ουν ο οχλος ο ων μετ αυτου οτε τον λαζαρον εφωνησεν εκ του μνημειου και ηγειρεν αυτον εκ νεκρων
18 δια τουτο και υπηντησεν αυτω ο οχλος οτι ηκουσεν τουτο αυτον πεποιηκεναι το σημειον
19 οι ουν φαρισαιοι ειπον προς εαυτους θεωρειτε οτι ουκ ωφελειτε ουδεν ιδε ο κοσμος οπισω αυτου απηλθεν
Stop here for Thursday, July 27, 
20 ησαν δε τινες ελληνες εκ των αναβαινοντων ινα προσκυνησωσιν εν τη εορτη
21 ουτοι ουν προσηλθον φιλιππω τω απο βηθσαιδα της γαλιλαιας και ηρωτων αυτον λεγοντες κυριε θελομεν τον ιησουν ιδειν
22 ερχεται φιλιππος και λεγει τω ανδρεα και παλιν ανδρεας και φιλιππος λεγουσιν τω ιησου
23 ο δε ιησους απεκρινατο αυτοις λεγων εληλυθεν η ωρα ινα δοξασθη ο υιος του ανθρωπου
24 αμην αμην λεγω υμιν εαν μη ο κοκκος του σιτου πεσων εις την γην αποθανη αυτος μονος μενει εαν δε αποθανη πολυν καρπον φερει
25 ο φιλων την ψυχην αυτου απολεσει αυτην και ο μισων την ψυχην αυτου εν τω κοσμω τουτω εις ζωην αιωνιον φυλαξει αυτην
26 εαν εμοι διακονη τις εμοι ακολουθειτω και οπου ειμι εγω εκει και ο διακονος ο εμος εσται και εαν τις εμοι διακονη τιμησει αυτον ο πατηρ
27 νυν η ψυχη μου τεταρακται και τι ειπω πατερ σωσον με εκ της ωρας ταυτης αλλα δια τουτο ηλθον εις την ωραν ταυτην
28 πατερ δοξασον σου το ονομα ηλθεν ουν φωνη εκ του ουρανου και εδοξασα και παλιν δοξασω
29 ο ουν οχλος ο εστως και ακουσας ελεγεν βροντην γεγονεναι αλλοι ελεγον αγγελος αυτω λελαληκεν
30 απεκριθη ο ιησους και ειπεν ου δι εμε αυτη η φωνη γεγονεν αλλα δι υμας
31 νυν κρισις εστιν του κοσμου τουτου νυν ο αρχων του κοσμου τουτου εκβληθησεται εξω
32 καγω εαν υψωθω εκ της γης παντας ελκυσω προς εμαυτον
33 τουτο δε ελεγεν σημαινων ποιω θανατω ημελλεν αποθνησκειν
34 απεκριθη αυτω ο οχλος ημεις ηκουσαμεν εκ του νομου οτι ο χριστος μενει εις τον αιωνα και πως συ λεγεις οτι δει υψωθηναι τον υιον του ανθρωπου τις εστιν ουτος ο υιος του ανθρωπου
35 ειπεν ουν αυτοις ο ιησους ετι μικρον χρονον το φως μεθ υμων εστιν περιπατειτε εως το φως εχετε ινα μη σκοτια υμας καταλαβη και ο περιπατων εν τη σκοτια ουκ οιδεν που υπαγει
36 εως το φως εχετε πιστευετε εις το φως ινα υιοι φωτος γενησθε ταυτα ελαλησεν ο ιησους και απελθων εκρυβη απ αυτων
37 τοσαυτα δε αυτου σημεια πεποιηκοτος εμπροσθεν αυτων ουκ επιστευον εις αυτον
38 ινα ο λογος ησαιου του προφητου πληρωθη ον ειπεν κυριε τις επιστευσεν τη ακοη ημων και ο βραχιων κυριου τινι απεκαλυφθη
39 δια τουτο ουκ ηδυναντο πιστευειν οτι παλιν ειπεν ησαιας
40 τετυφλωκεν αυτων τους οφθαλμους και πεπωρωκεν αυτων την καρδιαν ινα μη ιδωσιν τοις οφθαλμοις και νοησωσιν τη καρδια και επιστραφωσιν και ιασωμαι αυτους
41 ταυτα ειπεν ησαιας οτε ειδεν την δοξαν αυτου και ελαλησεν περι αυτου
42 ομως μεντοι και εκ των αρχοντων πολλοι επιστευσαν εις αυτον αλλα δια τους φαρισαιους ουχ ωμολογουν ινα μη αποσυναγωγοι γενωνται
43 ηγαπησαν γαρ την δοξαν των ανθρωπων μαλλον ηπερ την δοξαν του θεου
44 ιησους δε εκραξεν και ειπεν ο πιστευων εις εμε ου πιστευει εις εμε αλλ εις τον πεμψαντα με
45 και ο θεωρων εμε θεωρει τον πεμψαντα με
46 εγω φως εις τον κοσμον εληλυθα ινα πας ο πιστευων εις εμε εν τη σκοτια μη μεινη
47 και εαν τις μου ακουση των ρηματων και μη πιστευση εγω ου κρινω αυτον ου γαρ ηλθον ινα κρινω τον κοσμον αλλ ινα σωσω τον κοσμον
48 ο αθετων εμε και μη λαμβανων τα ρηματα μου εχει τον κρινοντα αυτον ο λογος ον ελαλησα εκεινος κρινει αυτον εν τη εσχατη ημερα
49 οτι εγω εξ εμαυτου ουκ ελαλησα αλλ ο πεμψας με πατηρ αυτος μοι εντολην εδωκεν τι ειπω και τι λαλησω
50 και οιδα οτι η εντολη αυτου ζωη αιωνιος εστιν α ουν λαλω εγω καθως ειρηκεν μοι ο πατηρ ουτως λαλω

Former Washington DC priest stole from Parishioners and Collection Plate in London | Virtueonline – The Voice for Global Orthodox Anglicanism


Former Washington DC priest stole from Parishioners and Collection Plate in London | Virtueonline – The Voice for Global Orthodox Anglicanism:

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Former Washington DC Priest Stole From Parishioners And Collection Plate In London

Andrew Sloane was sentenced to 12 months jail for stealing $19,000 to pay for male prostitutes

By David W. Virtue, DD
July 19, 2017

A former rector of Saint Paul's K Street, an Anglo-Catholic parish in Washington D.C. that recently announced it would bless same sex marriage, was arrested and sentenced in London to 12 months jail for grand larceny.

The Rev. Andrew Sloane, 63, stole from his church's collection and swindled parishioners in Knightsbridge, West London, according to a SUN newspaper report.

Sloane was vicar of St. Paul's, Knightsbridge in London when he managed to convince several parishioners to "loan" him thousands of pounds, and then stole another four thousand pounds from collection money.

He fiddled some £14,500 ($19,000) to pay for male prostitutes."

'via Blog this'

Worth Saying Again

Biographical sketch - Theopedia

Born in Breslaw, Germany in 1768, Schleiermacher was the son of a Prussain army chaplain. At age nine his father came into contact with Pietism and entered into a devotional lifestyle. Friedrich was sent at age 15 to a boarding school run by the Moravian Brethren, a pious evangelical group that traced its roots back to Jan Huss. ^[2]^. While at boarding school Schleiermacher began to question his faith to which the Moravians did not care to give an answer.
As time went on Schleiermacher left to study at the University of Halle. Upon his fathers advice he studied Immanuel Kant who at this point in time was "causing a storm throughout the intellectual world." In 1790 he became a Reformed minister and later moved to Berlin in 1796 to be a hospital chaplain. While there he met Friedrich Schlegel with whom it was decided to attempt a translation of the works of Plato in the German language. ^[3]^
In 1799 Schleiermacher published On Religion: Speeches to Its Cultured Despisers. "It defended religion against its Enlightenment critics. Religion, he argued, was not a philosophy, nor abstract metaphysical thought, nor natural science, nor adherence to dogmatic formulae, but the "sense and taste for the infinite" consisting primarily in feeling; belief and action are secondary. Knowledge of the soul and knowledge of God are inseparable—a concept that had been presented more than 1000 years earlier by St. Augustine. His thought thus has a subjective focus, but it should not on that account be deemed sheer "subjectivism." Schleiermacher's careful analysis of religious feelings always has in view, at least by implication, the infinite and eternal reality to which these feelings are responses. The Speeches are sometimes held to be pantheist in tone, but he did not identify the world with the "infinite and eternal." Rather, he held that it is always in and through one's experience of the whole interconnecting realm of the finite that there comes a sense of dependence upon the infinite ground of all things." ^ [4]^
 Huckster-in-Chief - Luther's 500th?
Let's publish Gerhard.

 CPH shot glass

GJ - I used to regret the many hours spent studying hundreds of modern theology books at Notre Dame. But now I recognize their crafts and assaults, their heroes and villains, their opaque and deceptive words.
Halle University - like Pietism - began with noble intentions, but quickly turned Biblical piety into Scriptural rationalism. Halle is not alone but certainly is the most significant source of anti-Biblical and anti-Christian scholarship. And yet, the school and center were so holy in the eyes of Protestants that nothing from Halle could be criticized. 
The American Lutheran groups were founded by Halle veterans - General Synod, LCMS, and WELS. The other groups, like the Swedes and Norwegians, were also Pietists.
Modern theology books skip over the Reformation's direct connection to the Scriptures and begin with rationalistic Pietism. Their stuffy academic language gives them away. From the new LCMS disaster - 
"Dogmatics presents the truth of God's saving self-disclosure as it has been apprehended, reflected upon, and expressed by the faith (fides quae creditur - GJ gratuitous Latin) of the Christian church." (Promotional material for the CPH  Titanic.)
 The Concordia was driven recklessly onto the shoals,
just like the Synodical Conference today.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Concordia Publishing House -
Waste $90 So the LCMS Can Sell the Reformation Down the River Again!
Happy 500th, Dr. Martin Luther: Justification Without Faith

So many red flags pop up. At first I did not find the Chief Article on the Table of Contents list sent around, because the framework of this disaster is so odd. I found Justification by Faith under the Holy Spirit.

Does this overblown and overpriced set really teach Justification by Faith? That would mean repudiating the dark menace of Paul McCain, whose real job is getting Synod Presidents elected. McCain never really served as a parish pastor. The LCMS and WELS are staffed with UOJ - Justification without Faith - fanatics. The two cannot be reconciled.

Speaking of reconciliation. Here is one topic - Objective Reconciliation, under the heading of the High Priestly Office of Christ - and again later under Contemporary Issues. Let's be frank - there is no such category in the Scriptures, Luther, Melanchthon, Chemnitz, or the Book of Concord. I highly suspect that this is the bait and switch trick used by Zarling and Bivens, who are UOJ WELSians to a fault.

Once the Objective Justification filter is placed over the Scriptures, all kinds of distortions take place. Those who are used to the Bible and Luther hear "Justification by Faith. " But the elite, the knowing, the secretive and malignant Stormtroopers think "Universal Forgiveness and Salvation without Faith." They merge the Atonement with Justification and polish their hybrid invention.

How can I be so harsh, when CPH intention$ are clearly so honorable? My wife and I have experienced cancer, which has only three cures - cut it out, poison it away, and burn it out. Love does not apply to false doctrine, because the Word, not love converts. And false doctrine is definitely a cancer - or like gangrene, depending on the translation.

2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.17 And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus;18 Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.

I see Gerhard Forde is so precious to CPH that he is commended as an author in a footnote (introductory material sent around).

Forde contributed to the LCA dogmatics text
that rejected every article of faith -
from the Trinity to the Atonement and Resurrection of Christ.

They think Christian Dogmatics is worth $1.83!
Too much!

Christian Dogmatics is a two-volume survey of the twelve major loci of Christian doctrine, each treated extensively in terms of its biblical foundations, historical tradition, and contemporary significance. From the perspective of the Lutheran tradition and in view of the unique questions and issues of the American context, each locus is developed independent of the others by six theologians, themselves influenced by divergent theological movements: Carl Braaten, Gerhard Forde, Philip Hefner, Robert Jenson, Paul Sponheim, and Hans Schwartz. Volume 1 discusses dogmatics, the Trinity, the identity of God, creation, sin, and Christology. Volume 2 treats atonement, the Holy Spirit, ecclesiology, the sacraments, justification by faith, and eschatology.

Modern Theology Is Anti-Faith and Bankrupt - Stemming from Halle's UOJ

Hardly any modern theologians are worth reading, especially the "Lutheran" ones. Sasse is an exception. They may say "Justification by Faith" but they mean "Faith without Belief." They can write enormous, weighty volumes on every category of theology, but they have no faith in what they address.

This attitude came from the very source of UOJ - Halle University - and the pivotal theologian of modernism - Halle's Schleiermacher. He even wrote a Life of Jesus, but he did not believe, never did believe. Karl Barth, the Swiss Communist, followed that example and wrote his dogmatics with his mistress doing most of the work - Charlotte Kirschbaum. UOJ and adultery make a good team.

The style of this CPH monstrosity is definitely Barthian, and I know some of the names on their list - more saps from the same old Kirschbaum.

F. Pieper, the WELS drop-out, is also mentioned. Picked by Walther for his subservience to UOJ, elected because Walther broke the synod's rules on calling a professor, Pieper canonized the Walther-Stephan error of UOJ.

Besides - and I rest my case with this - WELS-ELS and the LCMS have already announced their excitement, their joy, their satisfaction that they agree on UOJ. That also gives them permission - yea even, motivation - to work at all levels with ELCA. They are not going to betray the war they have already won against Luther and the Book of Concord. What would Liz Eaton say?

Rough copy of Harrison's book cover -
who put Knapp, Loehe, and Stephan in there?

Schmauk on the General Council


The future work of the General Council will devolve more and more upon the second generation, and by them and by all Lutherans in this land, two facts should not be forgotten:
The first is this, that the General Council is the one conservative Lutheran body in this country, accepting unreservedly both the Confessions and the history of the Church. As over against any radicalism, which would cut away the Confessional fullness of our Lutheran Church, or which would make a syncretistic combination between parts of our heritage and other doctrinal elements in America which are not our own, the General Council stands firmly for the complete and concordant sum of Lutheran truth. With equal firmness does it accept and build upon the historical past, both in Europe and in this country, and avoid that other radicalism which, instead of purging the hay, straw and stubble from the old foundations, would begin, without just recognition of the good that is in the past, to erect, by means of an exclusive ecclesiastical organization, a new Lutheranism, without regard to any previous or contemporary work of Providence in the land...
The attitude of Luther toward the Catholic Church in the Sixteenth Century is the attitude of the General Council toward all forms of Lutheranism today. It would conserve the past and upbuild the future on the basis of a sound faith. Its depth is the depth of salvation which is in Jesus Christ. Its length is the length of history, and its breadth is the breadth of our own land and our own time.”

From George W. Sandt, Theodore Emanuel Schmauk A Biographical Sketch, Chapter 12.

Anti-Confessions: So ELCA, So WELS

From the biography of Schmauk:
The Minister of Christ will manifest Christ in the strength of individuality. He will not follow the stream whichever way it leads. From the cut of his coat to the formation of his opinion, from the most trifling act to the weightiest decision, he will not do only as others do. He will not dread being in a minority. He will not become a mere reflection, an echo, a shadow of those with whom he mingles. He will not imitate either preacher or thinker. Rooted firmly in the Word, he will develop and proceed in his own way, as God intended he should. — Schmauk.

From George W. Sandt, Theodore Emanuel Schmauk A Biographical Sketch, Chapter 5.

GJ - I was reading a little of the ALPB Online, about the latest scandal in ELCA. Their star ELCA pastor, who is also a journalist, began yapping about the Book of Concord:
"Can we trust anything in the Bible, Pastor Fienen, that is not verified by that collection of Lutheran partisan documents written to historically specific situations 500 years ago?" 
If someone presses a WELS pastor to offer a class on the Book of Concord, he will snort and say, "The Confessions are old, boring, and irrelevant." When using their double-talk, which they perfect in their hazing sacrament at Mordor, a WELS pastor will declaim about a quia subscription to the Book of Concord, a book he has barely opened and secretly despises - as he was taught by the profs.
Pastor Austin's attitude is exactly the same as taught in the LCA in the 1970s. The LCA assumed - Nothing mattered after 1530. Chemnitz, in the LCA, was not a genius faithful to Biblical theology, but a retrograde placing cast iron over every Biblical phrase.
The dunderheads in WELS motivated me to study Chemnitz, the Book of Concord, and the confessional struggles in the General Council/General Synod (which also involved WELS' history).
Schmauk represents the battle which he and others were fighting but losing to the future ULCA. Nevertheless - Schmauk, Krauth, and Henry E. Jacobs are worth reading and quoting today.
 "Beyond them..." opens the gates to UOJ, Church Growth,
and everything else.

Monday, July 24, 2017

The Genius of Universal Objective Justification

The ELCiC bishop managed to employ a pastor who served in the CLC (sic), WELS, ELCA,
and jail.

People are interested in doctrinal discussions, which are banned, suppressed, and disciplined in WELS, LCMS, and the remains of the ELS and CLC (sic).

This is the latest ELCA outrage, now being discussed on the ALPB forum, but I am not going to offer details. Read it at your own risk. Elle link about the future ELCA pastor.

Lutheran Forum - Gerald Patrick Thomas case.

ELCA's attempt to obtain insurance coverage of the Gerald Patrick Thomas Case.

 ELCiC Pastor Horst Gutsche was working with
CLC Pastor Dave Koenig just before Horst died.
The CLC had no scruples about working with 

the Canadian ELCA pastor -
until the court documents were published here.

Genius Defined
By genius, I mean a body of thought that appeals to a vast number of people. For example Buddhism has a very simple catechism - Four Noble Truths and an Eightfold Path. Hinduism has the all-embracing practice of Yoga - and Yoga is Hinduism. Buddhism and Hinduism do not object to being grafted onto Christianity, getting a free ride from the practice. We should be frank about a religion when millions profess it openly or practice it unawares. The local Babtist cancer group combines Yoga - first of all - with their cell group meetings. Not going to Yoga is considered a fault.

High church, low church, no church at all?
The only sin is questioning UOJ.

Universal Objective Justification - Uniting the Apostate Denominations - All of Them

Universal Objective Justification teaches that God forgave and saved the entire world when Christ rose from the dead - or alternately, when He died on the cross - or both.

UOJ came from Calvinism in the form of Pietism, thanks to Spener, who is called "the first union theologian." He was instrumental in uniting Lutheran and Calvinistic doctrine, which became dominant in Europe and caused great disturbances in America.

Or - two fake doctorates.

The Genius of UOJ
Since UOJ teaches that everyone is born forgiven and saved, all doctrinal and worship concerns evaporate. That is why so many trendy church businesses have grace in their names - Grace Point, Time of Grace, Amazing Grace. Those who think faith in Christ matters are anti-grace.

Many congregations continue with the extremes of high church Romanism, smells and bells, major investments in big sticks, mitres, copes and capes.

But others feature multiple big screens, fat clergy bellies hanging over wrinkled jeans, and shirts saved from DIY oil-changes. They all teach universal grace, universal forgiveness, universal salvation.

 Harrison admitted to $50-60 million a year from Thrivent.
Who are they working for? - their sects, or Thrivent?
They all agree on using up the loot and teaching UOJ.

Disgusted with ELCA, Working with ELCA
These UOJ fanatics are forever knocking ELCA for its various crimes and misdemeanors. The spark for this post came from the liberal ALPB Online Forum - largely ELCA and liberal LCMS - raging about the newest scandal involving a female pastoral candidate, commenting on past outrages.

Time and again, when the "conservative" LCMS and WELS pastors hold themselves above ELCA and thank God they are not ELCA, so I ask, "Why do you work with them?"

"Harumpf!", they respond. "I do not work with them."

"Oh yes you do. You work with them all the time, through the United Nations, through Thrivent, through branch activities, through the Time of Grace pan-Lutheran UOJ broadcasts." Like harpies, they rake the money into their nasty pockets and live like princes when going to various joint conferences, task forces, and meetings. Cooperation pays well.

This can be a very long post, detailing ELCA's work with the Church of Rome, the Baptists, the United Church of Christ, the Moravians, and a few other denominations. The LCMS and WELS are one with them also, because they are united with ELCA.

 WELS has at least 60 UOJ essays stored in its Holy of Holies,
The Essays File. According to WELS -
UOJ is "the Chief Article of Christianity" - salvation without faith!
Sure, I read that all the time, studying at Notre Dame -
Barth and all the mainline theologians teach that too. Unity!

Right and Wrong - No Longer a Consideration
UOJ rejects the Scriptures altogether, although the Bible, if sufficiently corrupted (New NIV) can be quoted now and again - especially about tithing!

The UOJists are nasty, mean, easily angered, vindictive, and forever dishonest. They are poised condemn anything that does not meet their approval, but they have no conscience about what they do and say.

The WELS Odd Couple teaches - Everyone is forgiven!

The Tyranny of Liberal Protestism - Schmauk

While the tyranny of Rome is the supreme authority of the Church over conscience, the tyranny of liberal Protestantism is the supreme authority of every man’s conscience over the Scripture and the Church. Both positions are extreme and sceptical. That of Rome distrusts the Truth in its power over the individual conscience, while that of liberal Protestantism suspects the Truth of Scripture and the Church, and does not believe that there is one objective and stable center of truth revealed from above in which the consciences of all perfect men can believe and unite.
Since one of the essential elements of religion, as of all truth, is unchangeableness; and since in religion there must be both unchangeableness and finality, even this Twentieth Century should see that, if it is to keep any religion at all, it must not be a religion of individualism, of poetic values, of speculative outlook, of temperamental trust, but a religion of authority. However, this authority must have the freedom of an unrestrained and living faith and a voluntary trust, as its corollary. Neither Romanism, nor the axiom, “Religion ist Privatasche” (religion is a private matter), will meet the case. (emphasis added) 2
2 Theodore Schmauk and Theodore Benze. The Confessional principle and the Confessions of the Lutheran Church. 1911. Introduction

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Free Pass for Clergy Adultery
Husband Can't Sue Over Pastor's Affair With Wife | The Legal Intelligencer

 You really do not want to know how the LCMS, WELS, ELS, and CLC (sic) handle such issues.
"You have hurt the face of the synod." Bethany Seminary president.
Cover up? It never happened.
I don't know about that.
None of your business.
Who told you?

Husband Can't Sue Over Pastor's Affair With Wife | The Legal Intelligencer:

"According to the opinion, defendant Christopher McCloskey, who at the time was the pastor of a Baptist church in Newtown called Grace Point, began an affair with Laidlaw's wife—referred to only as "Jane Doe"—after providing religious marriage counseling to the couple.

Laidlaw alleged that, as a result of that counseling, McCloskey owed him a fiduciary duty. Laidlaw testified that he had placed his trust in McCloskey as a pastor and spiritual adviser, counselor and friend.
But Rau said allowing such a claim to go forward against either McCloskey or the church would be unconstitutional under the First Amendment's deference rule.

"A jury would have to interpret religious canons and beliefs to determine whether appellant's trust in his pastor reasonably established a fiduciary duty in the context of their religion," Rau said. "Such an intrusion by the courts into religious doctrine and practice is constitutionally prohibited.""

'via Blog this'

 False doctrine, Church Growth, UOJ
and anti-law (Antinomianism) go together.