|How is your false doctrine working out for you, Jon-Boy?|
WELS is tanking and will disappear soon after the equally UOJ ELS.
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Five years ago today, I was suspended from the ministerium of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). The reason for it is explicitly stated in my letter of suspension, which I share here for the first time. The WELS claimed that I had “denied the truth and fallen into error.” “Specifically,” I had “refused to acknowledge and confess that God forgave the sin of the world when Jesus died on the cross (John 1:29; John 19:30; 1 John 2:2; Romans 5:18; 2 Cor. 5:19; Apology IV, 103).” It’s true that I refused to confess that God “forgave the sin of the world,” because in none of the passages listed as “proof” of this teaching (nor anywhere else in Holy Scripture) does it say anything about God having already “forgiven” the sin of the whole world or about God having already “justified” the whole world (as I have written extensively elsewhere).
What I have learned from Scripture, and what I confess, together with the whole Book of Concord, is that Christ willingly bore the sin of the world, suffered for it and died for it; that God wants all men to be saved; that God, in the Gospel, sincerely offers Christ to all sinners as Mediator and as a refuge from the just condemnation we have all deserved under God’s holy Law; and that God justifies/forgives sinners by grace alone, through faith alone (which is worked by God the Holy Spirit through the Gospel in Word and Sacrament), in Christ Jesus alone, not by works, and not apart from faith. How tragically ironic that a so-called Lutheran church body would condemn as heresy the teaching that sinners are justified by faith alone in Christ—the hallmark of Lutheran doctrine and the teaching on which the Church stands or falls!
| UOJists always lie - the LCMS and WELS have included|
leaders who taught Justification by Faith, but they
have been removed by the junkyard dogs of Enthusiasm,
who coincidentally love, love, love Church Growth.
So today, I thank God for using the leadership of the WELS to rescue me and my congregation from a heterodox church body. They meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, and has continued to preserve our little flock in the truth of justification by faith alone, even blessing us with a communion of faithful pastors and parishes in the Evangelical Lutheran Diocese of North America (ELDoNA). May God be praised for His precious Gospel, and may He graciously keep us steadfast in His Word. And if anyone is curious about the details of all this and cares enough about the Gospel to examine it further, I am happy to walk through it with anyone.
|Doug Lindee, another Intrepid Lutheran,|
had to admit that UOJ comes from Pietism.