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Monday, May 27, 2019

Matt the Fatt and Paul the Plagiarist - They Have Betrayed the Doctrine of the Early LCMS

 Matt the Fatt pretends to harken back to early Missouri. The reader's research shows that this is another deception from the McCain-Harrison regime.

 McCain's cheerful reproduction of Edward Preuss' inanities only underlines how little he knows about his own CPH history. Or is he just hiding the truth? 

The 1896 Schwan Catechism – Lutheran Church Missouri Synod

The 1896 Schwan Catechism correctly explained what forgiveness consists of - and who receives it.  This is set forth in: English-German Edition.  A Short Exposition of Dr. Martin Luther’s Small Catechism (CPH: 1912).  Questions 196 and 197 follow:
196.  Was heißt: Gott vergibt die Sünde? Er rechnet die Sünden nicht zu, oder, er erklärt die Sünder für gerecht. (Rechtfertignung.) 379) 2 Kor 5,21: Er hat den, der von keiner Sünde wußte, für uns zur Sünde gemacht, auf daß wir würden in ihm die Gerechtigkeit, die vor Gtt gilt. 380) Röm. 8,33: Wer will die Auserwählten Gottes beschuldigen?  Gott ist hie, der da gerecht macht. B. G. Matth. 18,23-27. Schalksknecht.
196.  How does God forgive sins? He does not impute their sins to sinners, or, in other words, He declares sinners righteous. (Justification.) 379) 2 Cor. 5,21: For He hath made Him to be sin for us who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. 380) Rom. 8,33: Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth, B. H. Matth. 18,23-35. The wicked servant.
197.  Wer empfängt diese Vergebung? Wie wohl sie für alle Menschen erworben ist, auch durch das Evangelium allen, die es hören, dargeboten wird, so werden doch der Vergebung nur diejenigen wirklich teilhaftig, welche dem Evangelium glauben und damit die Vergebung annehmen. 381) 2 Kor. 5,10: Gott war in Christo und versöhnste die Welt mit ihm selber, und rechnete ihnen ihre Sünden nicht zu und hat unter uns aufgerichtet das Wort von der Versöhnung. 382) 1 Mos. 15,6: Abram glaubte dem HErrn, und das rechnete er ihm zur Gerechtigkeit.
383) Röm. 4,5: Dem aber, der nicht mit Werken umgehet, gaubet aber an den, der die Gottlosen gerecht macht, dem wird sein Glaube gerechnet zur Gerechtigkeit. B. G. Luk. 18,9-14. Der Zöllner.
197.  Who receives this forgiveness? Although it has been procured for all men, and is offered by the Gospel to all that hear it, yet only those who believe the Gospel and accept this forgiveness of sins actually become partakers of such forgiveness. 381) 2 Cor. 5,19: God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the Word of reconciliation. 382) Rom. 4,5: To him that worketh not, but believeth on Him who justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness. B. H. Luke 18,9-14. The publican.
These questions and answers make it quite clear that the only forgiveness that is known is that which is explicitly spelled out in question 198: 198. Was bekennen wir daher, mit unserer Kirche von der Vergebung der Sünden oder der Rechtfertigung? Das wir Vergebung der Sünden erlangen und vor Gott gerecht werden nicht aus unsern Werken, sondern aus Gnaden, um Christi willen, durch den Glauben. 384) Röm. 3,23-25. Es ist hie kein Unterschied; sie sind allzumal Sünder und mangeln des Ruhms, den sie an Gott haben sollten, und werden ohne Verdienst gerecht aus seiner Gnade durch die Erlösung, so durch Christum JEsum geschehen ist, welchen Gott hat vorgestellt zu einem Gnadenstuhl durch den Glauben in seinem Blut, damit er die Gerechtigkeit, die vor ihm gilt, darbiete in dem, daß er Sünde vergibt, welche bis anher geblieben war unter göttlicher Geduld.
198. What then do we, together with our Church, confess regarding the forgiveness of sins, or justification? That we receive forgiveness of sins and are justified before God, not by our works, but by grace, for Christ’s sake, through faith. 384) Rom. 3,22-25. There is no difference; for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation though faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God.
Thus, no faith, no forgiveness.
In 1943, the Missouri Synod published with a newer version of the Schwan Catechism with the Bible verses from the KJV – it was also known as the blue Catechism because of its blue cover.  In 1965 CPH slightly revised the 1943 edition.  In either the 1943 or 1965 editions, the section on “The Forgiveness of Sins” did not contain the detail that the 1912 edition had.  Questions 188-191 follow (note: italics in original):
188.  How does God forgive your sins?
God no longer charges, or imputes, my sins to me, but declares me righteous. (Justification.) 486 God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them. 2 Cor. 5:19. 487 He hath made Him to be sin for us who knew no sin that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Cor. 5:21. 488 Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Rom. 8:33. 489 To him that worketh not, but believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Rom. 4:5. Bible Narrative: The king forgave the servant all his debts. Matt. 18:33-35.
189.  What induces God to forgive your sins?
God forgives my sins, not because of my merit, or worthiness in me, but because of His grace, for Christ’s sake. 490 There is no difference; for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. Rom. 3:22-24. 491 In whom [Christ] we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace. Eph. 1:7. Biblical Narrative: The publican in the Temple. Luke 18:9-14.
190.  For whom has this forgiveness been obtained?
Forgiveness of sins has been obtained for all, because Christ has fully atoned for the sins of all mankind. 492 He is the Propitiation for our sins, and not only for ours, but also for the sins of the whole world. 1 John 2:2. 493 God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, and imputing their trespasses unto them. 2 Cor. 5:19.
191.  Where does God offer you the forgiveness of sins?
God offers me the forgiveness of sins in the Gospel. 494 Repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name among all nations. Luke 24:47. 495 [He] hath committed unto us the Word of Reconciliation. 2 Cor. 5:19.
192.  How do you accept this forgiveness of sins?
I accept this forgiveness by believing the Gospel. 496 A man is justified by faith, without the deeds of the Law. Rom. 3:28 497 [Abram] believed in the Lord; and He counted it to him for righteousness. Gen. 15:6.
Reader’s conclusion
It is clear in both the 1912 and 1943-1956 Catechisms that while Jesus has atoned for all, this does not give forgiveness to all.  Forgiveness only come through faith.  End of discussion.

 No Clue Andrew argued his father's OJ on the Dead Last Lutheran Blog. That only worked because those teaching the original doctrine of the LCMS (and Bible) were dismissed as "morons" by the senior - or was that senile? - editor. 
Confidential - the Preus clan are carpetbaggers who brought their Norwegian Pietism over from the Norwegian Synod and the Little Sect on the Prairie.

 Room for everyone but Luther - Now Missouri loves every confession of faith but its own original one. Is it not true that a catechism is a good expression of the denomination's teaching?