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The Synodical Confidence men have a brilliant plan for emptying the congregations while going into luxurious retirement for themselves.
WELS Mark Schroeder makes about $200,000 a year plus $50,000 in benefits, so each term of office is worth a million dollars or more. Naturally, no one is going to disclose the actual figures.
LCMS Matt Harrison likely makes far more, as befitting a sect that is five times bigger than WELS. As we can see from the bloated salaries of Bruce Kintz and Paul McCain, at Concordia Publishing House, the higher the better.
ELS Pope John the Malefactor celebrated his initial path of destruction with a world wide tour of his domains. That was especially clueless, given the tiny size of the Little Sect on the Prairie and the financial cost of his papal purge.
A. Methodist Doctrine and Worship
WELS, Missouri, and the ELS work together and meet together with ELCA to glean all they can from Fuller Seminary, Leonard Sweet, Craig Groeschel, and Willow Creek - not to mention the far-out cats like Mark Driscoll. Thrivent is pan-religious, happy to get its servile "Lutheran" marketing units together as often as possible. Drag a grant through a synod office building and the staff will follow out the door.
By "spoiling the Egyptians," as David Valleskey likes to say, the Synodical Confidence men are training members to be Methodist in doctrine, worship, and attitude.
B. Drive the Faithful Away - Excommunication and Hate
The Synodical Confidence men are unsure about their doctrinal contradictions and errors, so they hyperventilate when anyone questions them. Pastors and laity are shown the door for the least sign of independence, and SynCon loyalists defend this rather than sending the District Popes empty away.
I asked one California-Arizona WELS pastor, "How much did they object to Buchholz' bizarre paper on Universal Absolution?"
He said, "Everyone was too frightened to say anything, except some challenged him to be more extreme about everyone being forgiven."
Pope Jon-Boy Buchholz made it clear that he alone would deliver the truth ex cathedra, infallible in dogma, in spite of his promise to the Las Cruces congregation to carry on a discussion about justification by faith.
2017 - Time of Mourning
The 500th anniversary of the Reformation will be a time of mourning in the US - if any Lutherans are left to grieve.
Ever since the 1930s, the Lutheran leaders have been at war against:
- The inerrancy of the Scriptures.
- The efficacy of the Word.
- The Biblical doctrine of the Holy Spirit.
- Justification by faith.
- The unborn - especially LCMS, WELS, and ELS - for working with ELCA.
- Marriage and family.
- Our fading Republic - since the Left combines political power with ecclesiatical rule.