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Monday, December 23, 2019

The Ending of Mark's Gospel

 Jack - you agree with this drivel and dare to criticize someone singing from the same page of the ELCA hymnal? The patron saint of being offended is not pleased with you.

 Jack! How dare you argue against ELCA-LCMS unity!

I looked into the 12-23-2019 issue of Christian News and found Voelz replying to Jack Cascione about the ending of Mark's Gospel. One of the more obvious acts of violence against the New Testament text is stopping Mark 16 at verse 8, "for they were afraid."

Usually they are subtler. Footnotes call into question the norm. Isaiah 7 "Behold, a virgin will conceive..." Footnote [d] for virgin - "or, a young woman." Now even the "conservative" Lutherans are arguing for "a young woman."

"The young woman will conceive and give birth to a son." NIV with the [d] footnote activated. LCMS-ELCA-WELS sermonette - "That is quite a miracle. Yes, the miracle of birth. And Christmas is all about babies. We all love babies, don't we? Not Thrivent or ELCA, but that is so minor. We need love, not arguments over such trivial matters. At least come half-way with us and say you will consider our reasonable position."

Voelz' complaint is that Cascione did not address a textual issue with a textual argument. Voelz' rebuttal continues without a textual argument! "Oh those Missourians," as Pope Benedict supposedly said. (Source - Paul McCain's erased blog)

I dealt with the arguments twenty (20) years ago - Textual Work on the Ending of Mark.

The real scandal is not that Concordia, St. Louis is liberal - after all, they deny Justification by Faith. The fragrance of scandal arises from charging over $100 for a dubious, two-volume commentary on Mark.

Missouri has copied the weakness of Walther's Biblical knowledge into the 21st century. If they spent more time reading Luther and less time polishing the Walther mythology, they could become Lutherans.