The Glory Has Departed
Norma Boeckler, Artist-in-Residence
Bethany Lutheran Worship on
Friday, February 13, 2015
I commented on their shameless promotion of UOJ in their most recent posting - Fifty Shades of Grey. Someone posted my initial comment but after a rousing response they haven't posted my second comment which was directed to Anonymous. Here is the comment they haven't yet allowed:
Anonymous at 11:07am, I don’t believe my confession of the Gospel of Christ to witness to and convert, by the grace and work of the Holy Spirit, individuals to Christianity and a faithful confession of God’s Truth is a waste of time.
You contend that WELS does not teach Universalism - that the whole world is saved. That is only true if God's declaration that an individual is forgiven all sin no longer equals eternal salvation. That God declaring an individual righteous in Christ no longer means his sins are forgiven, he’s been adopted as a child of God, he has faith in Christ alone and by that faith is forgiven all sins and saved eternally.
WELS’ public confession teaches contrary to Scripture here:
IV. JUSTIFICATION BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH
1. We believe that God has justified all sinners, that is, he has declared them righteous for the sake of Christ... All need forgiveness of sins before God, and Scripture proclaims that all have been justified,
The truth is that Scripture teaches that God only justifies those who have faith in Christ alone.
Romans 3:26 “To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus”</b>
The truth is that Scripture teaches that God does not forgive those who do not have the gracious gift of faith in Christ alone. The unbelieving world is dead in sins, they are not forgiven, and the wrath and condemnation of God continues upon them.
Matthew 6:15, “But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
Mark 11:26, “But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.”
John 3:18, “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”</b>
GJ. Do any of these WELS louts entertain the notion that they are complely wrong, led by equally ignorant synod officials who denounce everyone while working with ELCA?