|Bishop Stephan started the LCMS, which was formally constituted later,|
with its early history of syphilis, grand theft, and kidnapping forgotten.
CFW Walther was the enforcer for Stephan and the cover-up artist.
|Loehe was a bad guy - just ask Herman Otten,|
but don't read Ludwig Fuerbringer, who praised the Loehe pastors.
Looking in the CJ Winter 2016, the president talks about the changes
they are putting into the Curriculum.
" Students will have more firsthand experiences with healthy
congregations. They need to see how theological knowledge is put into
practice by pastors who are acknowledged servant-leaders of their
congregations, worthy of imitation. Through a new curricular emphasis,
Cultural Interpretation and Engagement, students will learn in
classrooms and on-site about bringing the word of God to people of
different cultures and ethnicities. And because there has been a problem
with the conduct of some pastors, much more attention will also be given
by the seminary to the character of the candidate for ministry, so that
our future pastors will “be above reproach” and “well thought of by
outsiders” (1 Tm 3:1–7). New ways of focusing on Personal and Spiritual
Formation are being planned, emphasizing your future pastor’s devotional
life, physical and emotional health, relationship skills, accountability
and much more. Before the whole faculty votes to certify a student for
the holy ministry, each student will have to demonstrate successful
progress toward these desired outcomes. As never before, formation for
ministry will focus both on the messenger and the message." p8
I understand the concerns, but this looks like a focus on looking good.
Sounds to me like a recipe for pietism in its worst aspects. The Bible
doesn't give a lot of attention to "how" we decide men have the desired
characteristics. The closest is looking at his family (Only how to do
this when we recruit single men?) Am I running after the wrong problem?
|LCMS - try teaching faith, the way Luther did.|
|When a known sex offender can be invited into the fake pastoral program|
so he can molest another minor girl, that is pure Watherian doctrine,
and covered up by Matt Harrison, a true follower.
|Stellhorn was one of the LCMS founders, but|
he taught justification by faith,
so he is a bad guy.