Christ is the same whether grasped by the faith of a baby, a teen, or senior citizen. Education may help in explaining Christian doctrine, but it often gets in the way, since people feel obliged to honor their relatives, professors, and institutions rather than the Word of God. They do not know that they do not know, because everyone around them says, "This is the right way to think."
In a corrupt, degraded, abusive sect like WELS, someone with a few questions feels like a prophet. He can pretend to be "confessional" after assuming the role of conformist again. After all, few were intrepid enough to say anything. Spurning the cross, he dons a store-bought Medal of Honor when he only earned a good conduct medal.
As everyone knows, WELSians are experts on every denomination on earth (all bad). They often comment about others in their misguided, proud way, a Latourettee tirade of abuse. I received one email about someone's relative who is WELS. The LCMS relatives have to make sure the WELS person gave the blessing at dinner, because he could not let a Missouri member lead the prayer.
I wrote, in effect: "You! Must! Be! Kidding! Their New NIV is total unionism at work."
WELS and Missouri clergy meet with ELCA pastors at Fuller and Willow Creek to learn about how to do real ministry. Moreover, WELS and Missouri leaders work constantly with ELCA and follow ELCA rules in their joint endeavors. Those who have qualms about gay and women pastors best hush up - not that WELS and Missouri leaders really care about that anyway.
WELS and Missouri preserve their exquisite practice of pan-denominational unionism while practicing it without ceasing.
Ski and Tim Glende get their liturgical jeans in a knot if I quote from a Lutheran author not on their required reading list from Mequon. Scholars are divided about whether they read anything there, but that is not the point. They routinely channel Groeschel verbatim, just as Paul McCain channels the Catholic Encyclopedia verbatim. And both plagiarism teams unite to denounce me for teaching Luther's doctrine of justification.
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a blind clown leading the blind.
Pastor emeritus Nathan Bickel has left a new comment on your post "Clerical Shirts - The Fabric of Our Lies":
My compliments of your Ski pic!
At least you chose a pic of Ski with his shirt draped down upon his pants. That way your web viewers were spared the popular cultural ____ ______ look........