Mike Smith (Smithy)
Post Number: 8
Rolf, I did peruse the website but I've not read in depth though. I appreciate your answer and you make valid points.
I've read through the catalog, specifically through the M.Div program (pg 25) and it does appear that women are able to take the M.Div program but endorsement and ordination is left up to the student's denomination. Also, taken into consideration, this is a distance-learning institution and seems to teach the specifics of Lutheran theology but allowing the denominations to fill in their peculiar specifics.
On pg. 37, the STM degree Pr. Weber earned specifically states the student "...strive for advanced understanding of a specialized field...(or)...as a means for professional development"
Since Pr. Weber is in Arizona (right?), this school met his needs. I found the Mission Statement rather "vanilla" in that it is described as 'independent' meaning (to me, anyway) it doesn't affiliate with any Synod, conference, or identity outside or including the LCMS, it's just Lutheran theology, Lutheran Confessions, etc. I guess my thought is it's rather benign and not Unionism, per se, if one wanted to take advantage of the opportunity.
Pastor Rolf David Preus (Rolf)
Post Number: 8693
Mr. Smith, check out the post from Rev. Steven Karp from yesterday afternoon. The ILT celebrates the ordination of women. The M. Div. degree is specifically to qualify one to serve as a pastor. The ILT promotes, advocates, and celebrates the ordination of women. They also put all of their students into the category of accepting the Bible as "the authoritative source and norm of all their teaching." This is a confessional statement. But does this institution actually accept the Bible as "the authoritative source and norm of all their teaching"? Clearly, not! They promote, celebrate, and endorse the ordination of women. And they bind together all their students, including the Rev. David Jay Webber as belonging to that group of people who accept the Bible as "the authoritative source and norm of all their teaching" and "confess the Gospel of Jesus Christ" and hold to other things in common.
One doesn't make common religious cause with the heterodox. This is unionism. One may avail himself of services and benefits provided by the heterodox as long as this doesn't entail joining them in making a common (heterodox) confession. If you were to compare what ILT says about its students to what other academic institutions, such as Yale, Notre Dame, and Marquette say about their students, you will find that an orthodox Lutheran may attend these other institutions without being identified with any sort of confession but cannot attend ILT without being identified with a misleading confession of heterodox faux-Lutherans pawning themselves off as a Bible-believing seminary, graduate school, and "faith community" (whatever that is).
Pastor Rolf David Preus
Mike Smith (Smithy)
Post Number: 10
"Pastor Hill has been working with Pastor Baltz in an embedded ministry arrangement while she matriculated at ILT. Embedded ministry allows students to put their theological education to immediate use in a congregational setting, while bringing forward into the classroom questions and concerns that emerge from the congregational ministry."
"Congratulations, Fran, on your ordination into the public office of Word and Sacrament! Thank you, Fred, for the wonderful worship service worthy of this glorious occasion!"
Boy, that just sucked all the air out of the room.
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Brug has already written - WELS is not ready for women's ordination...yet.