|Fuerbringer studied the Scriptures and Luther|
all the time. He refused speaking engagements to stay home and study.
Does anyone selling UOJ, Church Growth, or the kind of pablum dispensed on Steadfast (sic),
SpenerQuest, ALPB, or synodical publications ever study the Word, doctrinal works, or church history.
If pastors and laity are not rooted in the Word, they are sterile. They may use the words and recite their favorite slogans, but they have nothing significant to say.
Laity have no weapons against false doctrine if they do not know the Word of God thoroughly. In the old days, the laity were so well trained that they could argue a position from the Word of God. That is what filled the pews during the Seminex crisis, the bad guys led in part by a former WELS professor, Richard Jungkuntz, UOJ Stormtrooper. When the LCMS laity heard what Seminex stood for, they said, "So long and thanks for all the booshwah."
But no one pressed on. They congratulated themselves for winning, like the guy who stopped running the long-distance race so he could celebrate a victory he never achieved.
Who bragged more - the LCMS? WELS? ELS? CLC (sic)? That is difficult to determine, because they all crowed about it while the Seminex crew slithered away and created ELCA. Why have only one gay seminary (Seminex) when the combined seminaries of the LCA and ALC could all be gayer than Shakespeare's sonnets?
Seminex could not make it, so the faculty went off to Chicago to dominate the LCA seminary there. Decades later, the ELCA seminaries with all their property and endowment are falling, one after another, like leaves from a diseased rose bush. The message from the beginning was - "We are creating a New Lutheran Church, not merging." And they were right. Seminex was the template and the radicals booted out the old liberals.
I am going to be reviewing the new version BibleWorks, a tool I have been using for many years in my writing projects. More will follow after I install the program.