KJV Galatians 1:10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
I was discussing the synodical death-grip with a few people today. The denominations today are failures and completely out of touch with their own congregations. That alienation does not matter, because they have their endowments and foundations. More importantly, they know how to grab power and stay in control.
Recently I saw a photo of McCain, Wilken, and Harrison posing with a fourth person. They were much younger and fitter in those days. The faded photo indicates they were working on skimming the Schwan money together, long ago. Starting Logia? I am not sure. Does it matter?
Back then, the SynCons were always rejoicing that they got the largest single charitable gift in those days. The synods never admitted the price paid by Mrs. Schwan so Marvin would feel compelled to fund so many indulgences. So much like Stephan and Walther - never let a case of adultery go to waste.
Most of the "mission" money is nothing more that salary, benefits, and luxuries for the political few. Like the politicians in DC, the synodical parasites know little about real work, so they gravitate to positions where they can avoid labor while inventing ways to write proposals and spend money.
Embraced by the tiger, most clergy and laity are afraid to let go. They might feel the raking claws and reeking breath of the predatory synod. In an era where the Means of Grace are rejected as boring and irrelevant (unlike rock music), the synods show no forgiveness when the wisdom of the wizards is opposed.
But why be afraid? God is far more powerful than any synod.
KJV Psalm 37:25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.