|"Absolvo te, absolvo te, absolvo te.|
Brett - get lost."
This year, a Director of Communication position was authorized, a called full-time position that serves under the president. We are told it will be like Paul McCain’s position during Al Barry’s LCMS presidency.
6) Bible Translations: The ELS doctrine committee recommends against the use of the NIV 2011. It was resolved the convention that “the members of ELS congregations be informed of the weaknesses of this translation and seek pastoral guidance in selecting accurate and understandable translations,” and “that the Doctrine Committee continue its study of various Bible translations and report its findings to the synod.”
Another highlight of the ELS Convention was an address by WELS President Mark Schroeder. One theme that will resonate with BJS readers is what he noted as a renewed confessionalism in the WELS.
By His perfect life and His innocent sufferings and death Jesus has redeemed the entire world. God thereby reconciled the world to Himself, and by the resurrection of His Son declared it to be righteous in Christ. This declaration of universal righteousness is often termed “objective justification.” One has this justification as a personal possession and is personally declared by God to be righteous in Christ when he or she is brought to faith in Him as Savior. This is often called “subjective justification”. If the objective fact of Christ’s atonement is not personally received by faith, then it has no saving benefit for the individual. We reject as unscriptural any teaching that people can be saved apart from faith in Jesus Christ. See 1 John 2:2, 2 Cor. 5:19, John 1:29, 2 Pet. 2:1, John 3:16-18, 2 Cor. 5:19, Rom. 4:25, 1:17 and 5:1-2.
GJ - I should never look up the Steadfast site, where the production of Enthusism grows daily. In the same post about rejecting the heavily promoted (by WELS) NNIV, it is recorded--without laughter--that WELS is enjoying renewed confessionalism. That is a verdict in search of evidence, data not provided.
|Every Sandusky has a Paterno.|
PS - What illiterate wrote that blurb about everyone in the world being absolved but not really absolved unless personally believing in the personal justification that makes the universal (but not really universal) justification really personal?
[This run-on sentence left intentionally run-on.]
Pastor emeritus Nathan Bickel has left a new comment on your post "ELS News Nuggets - What a Hoot!McCain a Model for ...":
ELS Is Preaching to Their Lutheran UOJ Choir
Thank you for quoting from the ELS (Evangelical Lutheran Synod) statement of faith. It is evident that the ELS is attempting to explain away how a soul is saved. However, there is no need to attempt to define "objective" as opposed to "subjective" justification. Luther never did that. Luther never went beyond what Scripture makes plain:
"Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified." - Galatians 2:16
Why can't Christians accept the straight forward words of Scripture rather than having to go beyond and explain what even Scripture does not explain? This ELS statement of faith, is attempting to parse by human reason by taking two terms not utilized in Scripture and contrasting them, - and, in the process leaving out the Holy Spirit's work of creating and sustaining faith, within the individual soul.
Again, UOJ (universal objective justification) enthusiasts don't state the simple truth of Scripture that Christ “died” for all! Instead they are hung up on their erroneous trumpet call that He “justified” all.
I still like my cookie jar illustration. Just because there is a cookie jar does not translate into cookies being, within that jar. [2 Thess. 3:2] The justification of that sinner only takes place by the grace of God, through faith. [Grace through faith] That's basic Scripture [Luther] teaching! UOJ enthusiasts err when they confuse Christ's all encompassing sacrifice for sin with blanket absolution which they (then) capriciously translate into universal forgiveness and justification for all, thus eliminating the Holy Spirit’s work and activity of creating individual personal faith in the individual (soul) which then justifies.
Nathan M. Bickel - emeritus pastor