People need to experience Babtist legalistic Pietism - and the shunning - to appreciate the same in WELS, Missouri, and the mini-sects (ELS, CLCs, etc, ad inf, ad nauseum).
One attraction for the SynCons is that Babtists actually have faith, so the Babtists are much warmer, friendlier, and Gospel-oriented. Starting with the worst - the CLC (sic) and WELS are perpetual thumb-in-the-eye Stooges, always proving something with their obnoxious putdowns and snide comments.
Of course, the Babtists have lost faith in the Word, too, so they are ramping up the gimmicks, as men must do when they think it is all up to them.
Even at their best--and I like Evangelicals a lot--Babtists live with a paradox. Although they teach justification by faith in their own way, using with making a decision, they emphasize obey to be blessed. That is certainly a core dogma of the Duggar cult, and they did not invent it. If they obey God (no birth control), then they will be blessed over and over.
In my graduate classes I see that theme emphasized too, especially since many of the classes are Old Testament surveys. Nothing brings out the Moses in people more than Old Testament studies. Therefore, if Moses is the Savor, then Jesus is the punishing law-giver.
When I teach, I often hear this phrase, "We have to be obedient or God will not bless us." Babtists turn Gospel admonitions into legalistic commands. Luther observed about Paul - he persuades with the Gospel. New Testament admonitions to pray are accompanied with Gospel Promises (see John 15:1ff), not pray or you will be punished.
Likewise, this legalistic approach bears fruit in "You have to witness or God will not let you grow in your faith."
And - "Disciples are soul-winners, so we have to make disciples, as Jesus commanded, or we will not grow as a congregation."
WELS and Missouri can really hum along with that tune, because they have been issuing orders and bashing people for 150+ years. Kicking a pastor out because he prefers the KJV or dislikes Thrivent/AAL/LB funding is normal for WELS. One is kicked out for teaching justification by faith; another is barely given a pat on the wrist.
|Don't you know I'm still standing better than I ever did|
Looking like a true survivor, feeling like a little kid.
Lutherdom responds to CG criticism with:
- You are lazy.
- You are narrow-minded.
- You are a legalist (Valleskey).
- You are going to destroy our synod.
|Jim Buske posed with Andy Stanley at the Drive Conference.|
Bishop Katie reported 8 other WELSians attending the coven.
|Thirty pounds ago, Ski posed with Stanley.|
Buske, Rev James G St Peter - Appleton WI 02/16/2015 Associate Pastor
DRIVE ’08 JOURNAL
Whew! Day 5, it has been a heck of a road trip. Today was the last day. As you can see it was jam packed. Before I get into Day 5... Let me just say this, “We should have sat in traffic to go to the Brown Bridge Campus!” Buske & I were bitter. Remember that I had said John got frustrated sitting the parking lot for 30 minutes? So we went to dinner & called it a night. Well, on Day 5 they showed the video for what happened at Brown Bridge. Sweet cookout, the food looked awesome, games and fellowship outside (without snow or cold, I might add) and then a surprise JEFF FOXWORTHY show. Man, how are they gonna top that next year?
Anyway, Day 5. It is kind of crazy, just when you think it can’t get any better, it does. Well, sort of. In the morning they had Q & As for different groups. I went to one that was about linking adults into small group studies. It was well done, but for me it is difficult because everyone is looking for concrete answers on how to solve their own personal small group issues. Many of the questions didn’t apply for us at St. Marcus. However, the leaders were great and had a ton of info.
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