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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Peopel, Peopel, Spelling Counts - And Spell-check Helps.
WELS Documented Blog

WELS pastors consider their education elite,
so they do not need to bother with spell-check, grammar-check, or doctrine-check.


http://welsdocument.blogspot.com/2015/03/lutheran-traditions-that-seem-catholic.html?showComment=1425957612243
  1. You are doing a disservice to those who want to uphold the traditions of the historic Lutheran liturgy and other historic practices by implying that they are somehow required for genuine confessional Lutheranism. Those who want to jettison the liturgy and move toward non-Lutheran forms of worship will be encouraged by pointing to peopel (sic) such as you who claim that confessional Lutheranism is somehow based on outward rites, traditions, and ceremonies.

    Encourage such things by teaching, not by implying that they are somehow the shibboleths of confessional Lutheranism.

    In other words, just stop.
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  2. Coming from a place in my former WELS experience from 2003-2011, I would have to ask the last three pastors I had; "What is your motivation to move away from the traditional forms of worship?" If they were honest with that question, I think you would be shocked. The Rick Techlin case is a microcosm of what is wrong in the WELS. They won't deal with it subjectively, nor will they deal with it objectively; and church growth methods continue to grow like a cancer. They are no longer Lutherans...catholic for that matter, but just another protestant sect in America.
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  3. My theory is that the WELS pastors that started the trend away from historic catholic practices were bored with their own church experience when they were young adults. These pastors convinced themselves that it's partly their fault that thousands are dying each day without faith and it is up to them to remove the barriers that hinders the Holy Spirit. The first problem with this is that everyone has different barriers and one can not remove them all. I am confident that the Holy Spirit is able to work through any obstacle even through our sin might get in the way.
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    1. Exactly. If one holds to the idea that he can hinder the Word, it follows that he can help it along.
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    3. GJ - Joe is right on this one. He may inch back to justification by faith.