narrow-minded has left a new comment on your post "Book Review of Theses Opposed to Huberianism (UOJ)...":
This is a recent Kilcrease post from Steadfast Waltherans:
"Then when we explain in very clear terms how our position is not universalism, they flood us with quotations from the BoC about the importance of faith, when we’ve already explain [sic, sic?] them that you have to tap into God’s grace with faith! It’s maddening and counter-productive. Greg Jackson and his crew are like the Debbie Wasserman-Schultz of Lutheranism."
This sounds strikingly similar to Walther's Easter Sermon. Note the decision theology and the lack of the Means of Grace. Note the emphasis on man's work. Walther could just as well have said, "You just have to 'tap into' your justification." Keep calling JBFAers synergists, UOJers.
Pastor emeritus Nathan Bickel has left a new comment on your post "Book Review of Theses Opposed to Huberianism (UOJ)...":
Ichabod - Great posting to begin another week!
Upon first reading, this, your review; I was reminded of the following Scripture of Christ and His encounter with unbelieving Jews:
>>>>>> ........21 Then said Jesus again unto them, I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in your sins: whither I go, ye cannot come. 22 Then said the Jews, Will he kill himself? because he saith, Whither I go, ye cannot come. 23 And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world. 24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins...... <<<<<<<< - John 8:21-24
Surely Christ was saying that their unbelief would spiritually damn these unbelievers; regardless if these unbelievers were supposedly (as the UOJ assertion falsely contends) acquitted from the demands and eternal consequences of the Law through Christ's all encompassing Atonement for all human sin.
24 "I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins......"
Further on in this John 8 chapter, (verse 28) Jesus makes the statement that when He is crucified these unbelieving Jews would know that he is, who he claimed to be. But, that is a far cry from belief [faith] in Him.
But let Huber also cut this knot: do the unbelieving Jews, Turks, etc., after they were thus
justified at one time without faith, still retain this justification, or do they lose it again?
If they retain it, will they then be saved with all Christians and the faithful? If, however, they lose it, then let Huber answer, how and for what reason would they lose it? This justification cannot be abolished for them through unbelief, because they are supposed to be justified without any regard to faith (which is also what makes them unbelievers).
Nathan M. Bickel
|How unsettling, to realize that Walther, Stoeckhardt, and J. P. Meyer|
are allied with hyper-Calvinism and Pietism.
Extra Nos article and comments.