|ELCA beckons and Thrivent pays the tolls on the way.|
I have seen the reaction many times. If someone clearly defines a topic and also shows why the opposite is not true, manufactured storms of protest arise. The accusations are mostly personal attacks, but the real issue is - No polemics are allowed.
Another version of the rule might be - No Confessions allowed, There is not much difference between polemics and the Confessions of the Lutheran Church (or any good confession of faith). The Book of Concord defines sound doctrine and also repudiates false doctrine.
America was not afraid of polemics in the early days. The Founders had to motivate people to fight for their freedom rather than remain colonies of the British Empire. Ben Franklin had a great joke played on them once when he published a letter in England saying Britain should pay taxes to Germany since England was originally a German colony with a Germanic language. On a feature show a British gentleman became angrier and angrier reading this out loud - until the end, when the satire said - "After all, these are the same arguments used for America paying taxes to Britain." He burst into laughter and Franklin smiled.
Blogmasters have to deal with the way things are. Lutherans have gone mild, In the good old days, the Methodists were the mild ones. They were moderately conservative on all topics, but irenic, always anxious to keep everyone happy. Lutherans are the irenic Methodists now. Nothing will keep someone from a plush position faster than having a position on anything.
This attitude makes everything sublime for the false teachers. Simply raising an issue is an attack on Holy Mother Synod. It is considered "bad form," in the language of the New England prep school. The coven of false teachers quickly lands on this Neanderthal and silences him, especially when the point is on target.
Lutherans should welcome banishment by the Synodical Con-Men. The more people jump from the hot air balloon, the faster it will rise into the stratosphere of New Age Paganism. The fact is, the midly conservative Lutherans - who will not fight for justification by faith - are keeping the balloon on course toward merger with ELCA. Mild Lutherans are ballast, just ballast.
|Bad form, Luther.|
Synodicals will celebrate the Reformation while rejecting
your Biblical doctrine.