| Someone asked recently, "Why the peacock?"|
Luther used the peacock as the symbol of false teachers.
"The peacock is an image of heretics and fanatical spirits. For on the order of the peacock they, too, show themselves and strut about in their gifts, which never are outstanding. But if they could see their feet, that is the foundation of their doctrine, they would be stricken with terror, lower their crests, and humble themselves. To be sure, they, too, suffer from jealousy, because they cannot bear honest and true teachers. They want to be the whole show and want to put up with no one next to them. And they are immeasurably envious, as peacocks are. Finally, they have a raucous and unpleasant voice, that is, their doctrine is bitter and sad for afflicted and godly minds; for it casts consciences down more than it lifts them up and strengthens them."
What Luther Says, An Anthology, 3 vols., ed., Ewald Plass, St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1959, II, p. 642. Cited in Thy Strong Word.
The following graphics are posted because I often ask Lutheran leaders if they teach Justification by Faith. Charles Schulz is working on a PhD in New Testament at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. He posted on Facebook - ""light from above" (in Greek), the motto of Concordia Seminary St. Louis, where I'm earning my PhD (deo volente). The Sacred Scriptures alone reveal the true God."
Readers want to know how UOJ is presented by Lutheran leaders, because these readers cannot figure out how universal absolution without faith is wrestled from the plain Word of God. Here is an example.
I never hear these UOJists reflect upon the entire sentence -
Romans 4 Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on Him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.
Schulz freely admits to the Halle origin of his UOJ, but that does not matter.
| The magical words from the Halle Pietsts are -|
Universal, General, or Objective Justification -
the opposite of Luther's and St. Paul's.
Legion Is My Source
One reader noticed WELS SP Mark Schroeder live on Facebook. The member is WELS, so he wondered if Mirthless Mark was looking for my sources, which are named Legion, "because they are many." Perhaps Schroeder wondered how the new hymnal got the nickname E-W! for Even Worse Than CW.
People keep filling me in, sometimes because they remember or find old stories, such as the previous minister of Oconomowoc - Pastor Al Schleusener - who does not admit to serving there for many years. According to self-styled genius Mark Jeske, Oconomowoc is the only city in America with "five vowel o's" in the name. I am looking for the consonant o's that may be lurking in other names. In fact, I am searching for one consonant o. So far zero have popped up.