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I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:1-4

Monday, February 6, 2017

Avoid Terminology Meltdown at the Emmaus Conference 2017

The time has come to stop praising an absence of faith,
which may be called UOJ but is really the foundation of all sin.

The leaders of the Emmaus Conference in 2017 could avoid embarrassing themselves the way Jay Webber did in 2015. It is never too later to recognize error and repudiate it.

Here are some basics.

Vocabulary is the key. If someone sticks to Reformation and Biblical terminology, correct teaching is more likely to follow.

The Atonement is not being disputed among Lutherans, so it is a foolish waste of time to keep insisting that Justification by Faith means a "Limited Atonement," as if Christ only died for the elect. He died for the sins of mankind, once and for all.

Therefore, Justification by Faith is not Calvinism. That charge is akin to calling Tom Brady a linebacker. The Lutheran Reformation has always been associated with Justification by Faith. Romans and Galatians teach Justification by Faith. So do the other Pauline letters.

No one should confuse the Atonement with Justification, using one term for the other. The Atonement has many synonyms, and redemption is one of the clearest to use. Christ has redeemed the world, but that is not the same as "God has declared the entire world righteous."

Whether someone uses Universal Objective Justification (a WELS obsession), or Objective Justification (LCMS-ELS) or General Justification (Hoenecke), all three terms teach the same nonsense - utterly wrong and ridiculous. They insist that God has "declared the entire world righteous" or "absolved the world of its sins" and even "saved the entire world."

Making up new claims is clownish, but the UOJ peddlers never stop. Jesus did not declare the world forgiven when He said "It is finished" on the cross. He said that as a statement of His atoning death. Let's not make things up - that is a job for Enthusiasm, the creative manufacture of dogma.

God did not declare the entire world righteous when He raised Jesus from the dead. The justification of Jesus in 1 Timothy 3:16 is the proof of His sinless nature, since all sinners die.

The angelic blessing of the shepherds is not UOJ, as some would love to claim. "Peace on earth" is not world absolution. Note that all three "Moments of World Absolution - Without Faith" contradict each other, typical of Enthusiasm. For example. Roman Catholics cannot figure out if Purgatory lasts several weeks or several thousand years. They have taught Mary ascending into heaven as a Holy Day, so some want to add Joseph to this honor peculiar to the Son of God.

Thus, with mission creep, the bimbos of LutherQuest echo JP Meyer in having everyone in Hell forgiven and having the status of a saint. And Jay Webber confusedly has "in Christ" refer to the entire world, and not simply to believers, as the Word plainly shows.

Anyone can follow a theme in the Bible and see how it unifies the One Truth of the Scriptures. Abraham is a good example, justified by faith in Genesis 15, believing the Promises of God that he will be a father of nations. Abraham is the prime example of Justification by Faith in Romans 4, Galatians, Hebrews, James, etc. To fix UOJ - which is impossible - one would have to show Abraham was justified without faith in God's Promises.

If Abraham is not clear enough, then turn to Jesus. We are justified "by the faith of Jesus" in Romans 3:22, Galatians 2:16, and Philippians 3:9. Thy precious NIVs and even the NewKJVs mistranslate these passages as "faith in Jesus." The original text and KJV and Tyndale have "the faith of Jesus..."

Thus - the New NIV has to insert an "all" into the text to make it agree with Webber, Valeskey, Bivens, Scaer, and the National Council of Churches - all are justified. Shameful - and no one seems to notice.

KJV Romans 3:22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: 23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: [all have sinned, but not all are justified]

NIV Romans 3:22 This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. [all have sinned and all are justified - like magic. Notice how this mistranslation fits so well into faith in the false dogma of world absolution.]
If you deny their precious UOJ, the Scaerites
will jump on you like a hobo on a hotdog.

Lastly, one cannot teach the invisible and visible Means of Grace and UOJ-OJ at the same time. The invisible Word of teaching and preaching convey Christ to us through the Holy Spirit. The visible Word of the sacraments also bring Christ to us through the work of the Holy Spirit. Claims of world absolution trouble the House of Faith and inherit the wind, always yielding a tornado of false doctrine and destruction everywhere.

KJV Proverbs 22:29 He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.

 Fuerbringer read Luther's sermons all the time,
as he indicates in his excellent histories.