Thank you so much for doing more with TLH and KJV. As I told you awhile ago, I wouldn't have found you if I hadn't googled TLH and KJV.
I hope someday soon I'll find a conservative Lutheran church in my area that uses only TLH and KJV - one where the pastor isn't afraid to use the wording exactly as it is recorded in TLH. Some ministers think they have to update the wording in TLH liturgy - how sad when they feel they have to cater to anyone else. I still remember the Bible verses I learned in WELS Lutheran grade school - the ones I learned from the KJV. When my eyesight goes, I will be pondering on those KJV Bible verses.
If you know a way to locate a church that exclusively uses KJV and TLH, please let me know. I'm at my wits end.
GJ - Someone from the Twin Cities wondered, in an email message, why he could not find a traditional Lutheran service with an actual sermon.
WELS will not even consider a version, any version, of the KJV, but they keep pressing on with porno-mytho New NIV. SP Schroeder says it is good for everyone to discuss these matters, as long as he and The Sausage Factory control the agenda. But, it is not good for anyone to discuss WELS on Ichabod, as contributors to the blog have learned.
The unbelieving synodical officials only care about the money they bring in for themselves. They have no respect for the Means of Grace.
This is what one official said to a layman, "We are getting to the point where we can rely on the big givers and Thrivent. We will not have to bother with congregational giving."
The only problem with their thinking is the efficacious Word, which brings grace and judgment - grace to believers, judgment and condemnation to unbelievers. Yes, their Father Below often rewards them for serving him, but that pay is short-lived and unreliable. Satan likes to remove the blinders just before his troops die, so they can see what they have done.
Congregations and synods also face judgment for their apostasy. Let's take the Crystal Cathedral as an example, since Lutherans are so sensitive about their feelings. Robert Schuller mocked the Word of God for years, featuring unbelievers as speakers at his service - from the beginning with Norman Vincent Peale. He seemed to be doing everything right as his wealth and power grew, his real estate blossomed into award-winning monuments to his ego. Now his own board has tossed his greedy family out, and the Church of Rome has bought his church property at fire sale prices.
Synods do not grab power. Congregations and pastors surrender power, just as Steadfast Lutherans just surrendered to Pope Harrison and Rev. Wormtongue. No one needs a bi-law or title to walk up to a synod official and say, "What you are doing is wrong, unethical, anti-Christian, and contrary to the Word of God." At first they deceive, then flatter. Persistence drives them into a rage.
Believing the Word means accepting what the Word of God brings, and that is always the cross, as Luther says.