The Glory Has Departed
Norma Boeckler, Artist-in-Residence
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Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Brett Meyer and others--you know who you are--have encouraged me to publish the UOJ essays, lest these treasures of heresy be lost to history. They represent a smug, anti-Christian, anti-Confessional attitude that explains much of what is happening right now.
Here is an interesting contrast. Most WELS/ELS/CLC laity do not know about these essays. If a layman has read any of them, that person is an exception. I have been linking them for some time, mostly because of Brett's comments. Something told me I should publish them for more exposure. The laity are responding in shock.
In contrast, most of the seminary graduates have read these essays. In WELS, the essay file is their BoC - Butchering of Concord, a new set of confessions supplanting the Lutheran Symbols.* The best and brightest heretics get their offscourings added to the WELS BoC. New Ager Jeske is one such honoree. So is the bored-again Atheist Curtis Peterson (formerly LCMS CG pastor, formerly WELS CG pastor, formerly married).
Anyone who gets acquainted with these essays will see how the same quotations are recycled with the care and devotion of aging hippies reusing their trash piles.
The ELS is expected to follow suit by parroting these essays, and they do.
UOJ advocates reveal their vile nature by claiming to teach justification by faith, but their real joy in life is undermining justification by faith and the Means of Grace. Read the absurdities below.
WELS used DP Beckman to excuse the joint leadership conference at Snowbird - ELCA/WELS/LCMS. The explanation du jour was, "If we don't spend the money, someone else will get it." Another excuse was, "They force us to spend the money that way." And finally, without cracking a smile, they said, "You know, they do not have to give it to Lutherans. They can give the insurance money to anyone they please." And they do. Habitat for Humanity and The Salvation Army are recent Thrivent grant recipients. So are the worst pastors in WELS.
WELS Pastor Beckman, Guilt-Free Saints in Hell, Pages 1-4.
Brett Meyer has left a new comment on your post "Just A Vacation Book - Or Two":
Joe Krohn touches on a critical and important point of discussion. UOJ teaches that the whole unbelieving world has been declared righteous and justified. ALL sins that Christ paid for have been forgiven every man, woman and child.
Why then does anyone go to Hell? UOJ teaches that the unforgivable sin is Unbelief. That is the sin that God didn't forgive. Unbelief is the sin that Christ didn't pay for, that His righteousness didn't cover.
Then the question must be asked, "Who was born into this world without being guilty of unbelief?"
Romans 11:32 For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.
Everyone was born with the sin of unbelief. Then we ask, "Where is it written that the sin of unbelief isn't forgiven?"
Romans 11:23 And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again.
The essence and foundation of UOJ is Universalism. It doesn't matter that someone teaching UOJ denies it, it teaches that the whole world is forgiven, Justified, declared righteous and saved eternally "because that's what Christ came to do". The whole doctrine falls apart when Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions are faithfully applied.