Signals intelligence intercepted this message from a WELS bigwig:
"The NNIV will more than likely be ratified and that this postponement was merely a pressure valve to let the layman, and pastors who object, let off steam."
Someone asked me, "Is there any real opposition to the NNIV?"
There is at the moment. At the district conventions the NNIV was as popular as a driving lesson from Lindsay Lohan.
However, the California-Arizona-Las Vegas district of WELS was against Jeff Gunn's quasi-Babtist emergent congregation for years, but just had a luv-fest welcoming them into membership in WELS. Those who opposed the Rick Warren copycat were told to repent.
This is typical Diaprax. Let everyone have a say. Let them debate. Let them blow off steam. Form a committee. Form two committees. Then fix the vote that matters and call it a victory for the democratic process and God's will.
That is how WELS got rid of Northwestern College, and they never had the votes. That did not matter. The sheep were told they had lost - a lie. The sheep bleated a few years and watched the Gurgle crew blow $30 million on the cash-saving merger of the two colleges. The $30 million is rumored, but the $8 million claim was fictional. Pick a figure. You don't know the SP's salary and benefits. Do you think the actual figures are your business? Hmm?
I noticed WELS' radical Left substance from the beginning, because I already experienced the radical takeover of the Lutheran Church in America. Some of the best theologians of America came from that tradition - and from The ALC, in the distant past. No one would guess that now.
Constant deception is the main feature of WELS. That is why they want nothing published outside their little mimeograph room at The Love Shack. All independent publications are dangerous because the truth would come out - about the false doctrine, unionism, murders, child molestations, embezzlements, etc. That is why they manage and control Herman Otten energetically.
Here are some obvious examples - the claim versus the truth:
- WELS is in fellowship only with the ELS.
- WELS works with ELCA on many different projects, with all religions via Thrivent, and sends their leaders to Fuller, Willow Creek, and Trinity Divinity - skimming offering dollars to accomplish their re-education program.
- WELS subscribes to the Book of Concord - quia, no less.
- WELS constantly teaches against the Confessions and turns out pastors who loath the Book of Concord as much as the professors in the system - not that anyone actually knows the content.
- WELS believes in the inerrancy of the Scriptures and despises the liberals who do not.
- WELS is promoting the worst translation, really a lame paraphrase, of the Bible, one spawned by the worst apostates. They gladly work with all denominations, even Roman Catholics, but deny it. SP Schroeder just signed a statement with all denominations and the Muslims. Did Brenner need the Muslims behind him? The Catholics?
- WELS is ultra-conservative and strict, very tough on discipline.
- Hahahahaha. They are far to the left of Missouri. Like all mainline National of Council Churches, they punish those who adhere to the original statement of faith or the olden days practices (closed communion). They reward the apostates who follow their example in training at Fuller Seminary. Their abuse of members is legendary. Question Holy Mother WELS - Left Foot of Fellowship. No due process - just the boot. Plagiarism is rewarded with cash grants, loans, and speaking engagements in WELS.
- WELS practices closed communion.
- WELS put the pressure on mission pastors to practice open communion, or at least don't ask don't tell communion - 20 years ago.
- WELS opposes women's ordination.
- WELS promotes women's ordination. They handed Brug the priceless J. P. Meyer dog notes and made him dogmatics professor because he studied Hebrew. Brug approved women's ordination about 15 years ago - in The Popes Speak - the official journal of WELS, aka WLQ. Church and Change has set up young female ministers all over the place and promoted them via FICL.
- WELS ministers are heterosexuals.
- The majority probably are, but there are too many incidents of homosexual pastors and staff getting into trouble which, like a DUI, is a sign of much more of the same. That indicates a network. A DP's tolerance of a known homosexual pastor, and the SP's do-nothing attitude, both suggest another don't ask don't tell policy. You can decode the data - mattress room, the Fox Valley arrest, the pastor who died of AIDS, etc. And that is what has come to me from many different and varied sources.
- WELS is a Lutheran church body.
- WELS is really an anti-Lutheran sect, exemplified by rancid Pietism, a reversal of Law and Gospel, and an unearned smugness for being superior. All the money - and power - has been on the side of copying Fuller, Willow Creek, and the rest of mainline Evangelical morons, ever since 1977. Preparation for the radicalism began earlier, according to my source, known only as California. WELS hates Luther's doctrine and despises justification by faith. Try to find a leader in WELS who can articulate the efficacy of the Word in the Means of Grace, the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, or why they need to repent. There are some, but they will never be heard, never be tolerated for a second.
- WELS got rid of Church and Change, so it is becoming more confessional.
- WELS got rid of the Church and Change website, but the WELS-funded group had already spawned many clones to continue their demon-anointed work of destroying the Lutheran Church. They get constant support from SP Mark Schroeder. Paul Kelm has been the most visible spokesman, first at Church and Change, now at Wisconsin Lutheran College, which begat C and C (with Fox Valley pastors). Except for very brief pastoral careers, Kelm has been on the synod dole for most of his career.
If the red text is starting to make sense, count yourself lucky if you have a faithful pastor who does not have a secret I Heart Groeschel tattoo.
WELS is not as bad as Scientology, but the parallels are startling, including physical abuse during the GA initiation rite at Mequon (which continues still). WELS and Scientology have an obsession with maintaining a holier-than-thou image, calling anyone with the facts "a liar" and worse.
Perhaps the Mormon religion is a closer parallel. People need to accept a different reality to imagine that Mormonism is true and reasonable. As our friend with the double doctorate from Yale said, "You take the classes and one day, either walk away from the absurdities, or snap and accept everything."