|Here we have the beginning of theological double-talk,|
where "grace" means whatever the master says it means.
ELCA-LCMS-WELS-ELS-CLC tak about grace,
but they mean universal forgiveness and salvation,
just like the Unitarian-Universalists.
But they decided long ago to emulate and imitate the methods and dogma of the LCA and ALC Left-wing, so WELS-LCMS-ELS pushed forward with UOJ, women's ordination, and gay liberation.
Now all the seminaries are shrinking faster than Clinton's credibility rating, whether LCMS or WELS or ELS or CLC.
Luther Seminary in rejoicing in selling off land to two different entities.Not long ago they fired their president at Christmas. Christmas! They are so deep in debt in the middle of the year.
Likewise, Wartburg has been in crisis, firing tenured professors. Berkeley is selling its deluxe location, Southern Seminary moved already. Chicago is in trouble, and Philadelphia's land may be sold to help fund this new United Seminary.
Philadelphia Seminary interviewed me when I was still a doctoral student, so I visited the campus. They were formed when the confessional Lutheran part of the General Synod had enough of the revivalism and Pietism of their Mother Church. They formed the General Council and built the Philadelphia Seminary.
The General Council emphasized Luther, the Reformation, and the Book fo Concord. They also had great leaders. They became influential in the old Muhlenberg tradition, 1918 merger that formed the United Lutheran Church in America (General Council and General Synod, United Synod of the South). The twain became one, more confessional and more liturgical, but the Pietistic and unionistic segment took over again as the LCA was formed in 1962.
Those returning to Lutheran doctrine are well advised to know about Krauth, Passavant, Jacobs, and
Schmauk. ELCA has forgotten them. The doctrinally discerning will find more to value in those writers than in Martin Stemphan, CFW Walther, and the LCMS sycophants.
| WELS is another example, making Hoenecke and Gausewitz disappear|
so they can promote snickerdoodles like Kelm, Jeske, and Olson.
| Why not introduce beach worship,|
a surf board on a garbage can?
The Episcopalians deftly blended
traditional communion with surf and sand.
Ski, Ski? Anyone?