The Glory Has Departed


Norma Boeckler, Artist in Residence

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New Year's Eve Hymn service - 7 PM Central
NT Greek Lessons - January, 2017

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which works as gregjacksonedlp@gmail.com too.

Luther's Sermons, Lenker Series
Book of Concord Selections
Bente's Historical Introductions,
and Martin Chemnitz Press Books

Monday, January 2, 2017

Universalism in the LCMS - Chad Bird

 Chad Bird used to teach at Concordia, Ft. Wayne, The Fort,
and is now at Southeastern Freight Lines.

http://www.chadbird.com/blog/2017/1/2/once-saved-always-saved-true-or-not

No, it can’t. All of us were justified, sanctified, and cleansed of all evil in the death and resurrection of Jesus. In other words, we were saved. The whole world. If it is finished for one, it is finished for all."

We can’t out-sin, undo, or reverse it. Salvation can’t lose us.

Yes, we can refuse to believe it. Or later reject it. If we do, we’re tossing into the trash the invitation to Christ's dinner party. We’re dying of thirst neck deep in a lake of water. We’re rushing into hell, slamming the door, and locking it from the inside.

Our lack of faith does not nullify the reality. It simply denies it.

But God’s grace in Christ remains true. The truest, most beautiful good news in all creation. Jesus has saved you. You are loved. You are forgiven. You are righteous in him. All is right between you and God. In Jesus all God’s promises are Yes.

Salvation cannot lose you. Once finished, always finished. Believe it. It’s yours.

 UOJ is Decision Theology,
but more like deciding on universal absolution without faith.


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GJ - Perhaps there is only one doctrinal question to graduate from or teach at Concordia Seminary, Ft. Wayne.

Bird writes this with so much assurance, so little support. He needs to work on pronoun abuse, too. First person plural - we, then second person plural - you.