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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Job Opening - President, Martin Luther College (nee Dr. Martin Luther College)

 Mark Zarling

Zarling is leaving a sinking ship early, like the Concordia's captain.

Help Wanted Ad - WELS Convention
"Active pastor, male teacher, or male staff minister for the position of president of Martin Luther College. No doctoral degree required. This is to fill a vacancy in the president’s office created by President Mark Zarling’s announced desire to retire on June 30, 2020."

Polish the diamond of Objective Justification in retirement, Mark.
That was a great paper - Bivens plagiarized it. 

"The article of justification is the master and prince, the lord, the ruler, and the judge over all kinds of doctrines; it preserves and governs all church doctrine and raises up our conscience before God. Without this article the world is utter death and darkness... The doctrine of justification must, as I frequently urge, be diligently learned; for in it all the other articles of our faith are comprehended. And when that is safe, the others are safe too."
(E. M. Plass, ed, What Luther Says: An Anthology, 3 volumes. (St. Louis: CPH, 1959), 2:703-704.)

"The Chief Article"
( P. Melanchthon, "Apology of the Augsburg Confession," Article IV (II): "Of Justification," Concordia Triglotta. (St. Louis: CPH, 1921), p. 121.)

GJ - From the Chief Article to its repudiation, without blushing.

Zarling: "Universal justification" is a term denoting the doctrine that God has forgiven the sins of all men. Strictly speaking, the term "objective justification" expresses the thought that the sins of a man are forgiven by God whether he believes it or not. Objective justification is not necessarily universal, but if justification is universal it must of necessity be objective."
(Becker, S.W. "Objective Justification," an essay delivered to the Chicago Pastoral Conference, No. 9, 1982, page 1.)


Frosty Bivens, 1996

“The article of justification is the master and prince, the lord, the ruler, and the judge over all kinds of doctrines; it preserves and governs all church doctrine and raises up our consciences before God. Without this article the world is utter darkness and death.”
(Martin Luther, What Luther Says, Vol. 2. p 703.)
Bivens - "Luther’s appraisal of the doctrine of justification is also ours. We hold it to be the primary doctrine of Scripture, that is, the central and most important teaching revealed by God for us sinners."

GJ - Does he agree with the Chief Article? Like Zarling, he repudiates it.

Bivens - "As revealed in the Bible, this declaration of God is made totally by grace and on account of Jesus Christ and his substitutionary life and death on behalf of mankind. To phrase it somewhat differently, God has justified acquitted or declared righteous the whole world of sinners. He has forgiven them." 

 Andrea's catechism is the original Gausewitz.

 Gausewitz was used throughout the Synodical Conference, so guys - quit lying to everyone about OJ always being taught.


Bivens just happened to start his dishonest essay in the same deceitful way Mark Zarling began his. 

WELS originally taught Justification by Faith and used the King James Version. They ash-canned the JBFA Gausewitz and replaced it with Kuske's OJ catechism. Before that, WELS eviscerated the KJV in preparation for destroying the sect with OJ and Church Growth.

Greek Lesson - Mark 8:27 - 9:9. Peter's Confession of Faith and the Transfiguration

Parser - tells us the I.D. of the word

Lenski's Mark Commentary - download as a PDF

Mark 8

27 και εξηλθεν ο ιησους και οι μαθηται αυτου εις τας κωμας καισαρειας της φιλιππου και εν τη οδω επηρωτα τους μαθητας αυτου λεγων αυτοις "τινα με λεγουσιν οι ανθρωποι ειναι"

28 οι δε απεκριθησαν "ιωαννην τον βαπτιστην" και αλλοι "ηλιαν" αλλοι δε "ενα των προφητων"

29 και αυτος λεγει αυτοις "υμεις δε τινα με λεγετε ειναι" αποκριθεις δε ο πετρος λεγει αυτω "συ ει ο χριστος"

emphasis on you plural, then on you singular

30 και επετιμησεν αυτοις ινα μηδενι λεγωσιν περι αυτου

31 και ηρξατο διδασκειν αυτους οτι δει τον υιον του ανθρωπου πολλα παθειν και αποδοκιμασθηναι απο των πρεσβυτερων και αρχιερεων και γραμματεων και αποκτανθηναι και μετα τρεις ημερας αναστηναι

Lenski: "The verb αποδοκιμασθηναι means to reject after submit ting to a test. Inferior or spurious coins were care fully tested and then rejected. Jesus will be rejected by no less an authority than the Sanhedrin, the highest judicial and religious authority of the nation which was far more representative than the high priest alone would have been." Mark, p. 339

32 και παρρησια τον λογον ελαλει και προσλαβομενος αυτον ο πετρος ηρξατο επιτιμαν αυτω

παρρησια - Openly, very important later.

επιτιμαν - Jesus rebuked the wind. See how it is used here.

33 ο δε επιστραφεις και ιδων τους μαθητας αυτου επετιμησεν τω πετρω λεγων "υπαγε οπισω μου σατανα οτι ου φρονεις τα του θεου αλλα τα των ανθρωπων"

34 και προσκαλεσαμενος τον οχλον συν τοις μαθηταις αυτου ειπεν αυτοις "οστις θελει οπισω μου ελθειν απαρνησασθω εαυτον και αρατω τον σταυρον αυτου και ακολουθειτω μοι"

35 "ος γαρ αν θελη την ψυχην αυτου σωσαι απολεσει αυτην ος δ αν απολεση την ψυχην αυτου ενεκεν εμου και του ευαγγελιου ουτος σωσει αυτην"

36 "τι γαρ ωφελησει ανθρωπον εαν κερδηση τον κοσμον ολον και ζημιωθη την ψυχην αυτου"

37 "η τι δωσει ανθρωπος ανταλλαγμα της ψυχης αυτου"

38 "ος γαρ αν επαισχυνθη με και τους εμους λογους εν τη γενεα ταυτη τη μοιχαλιδι και αμαρτωλω και ο υιος του ανθρωπου επαισχυνθησεται αυτον οταν ελθη εν τη δοξη του πατρος αυτου μετα των αγγελων των αγιων"

Mark 9 

και ελεγεν αυτοις αμην λεγω υμιν οτι εισιν τινες των ωδε εστηκοτων οιτινες ου μη γευσωνται θανατου εως αν ιδωσιν την βασιλειαν του θεου εληλυθυιαν εν δυναμει

και μεθ ημερας εξ παραλαμβανει ο ιησους τον πετρον και τον ιακωβον και τον ιωαννην και αναφερει αυτους εις ορος υψηλον κατ ιδιαν μονους και μετεμορφωθη εμπροσθεν αυτων

μετεμορφωθη - In a butterfly, the caterpillar turns into liquid and the liquid becomes a butterfly, a greater change than we usually imagine.

και τα ιματια αυτου εγενετο στιλβοντα λευκα λιαν ως χιων οια γναφευς επι της γης ου δυναται λευκαναι

και ωφθη αυτοις ηλιας συν μωσει και ησαν συλλαλουντες τω ιησου

και αποκριθεις ο πετρος λεγει τω ιησου ραββι καλον εστιν ημας ωδε ειναι και ποιησωμεν σκηνας τρεις σοι μιαν και μωσει μιαν και ηλια μιαν

ου γαρ ηδει τι λαληση ησαν γαρ εκφοβοι

και εγενετο νεφελη επισκιαζουσα αυτοις και ηλθεν φωνη εκ της νεφελης λεγουσα ουτος εστιν ο υιος μου ο αγαπητος αυτου ακουετε

και εξαπινα περιβλεψαμενοι ουκετι ουδενα ειδον αλλα τον ιησουν μονον μεθ εαυτων

καταβαινοντων δε αυτων απο του ορους διεστειλατο αυτοις ινα μηδενι διηγησωνται α ειδον ει μη οταν ο υιος του ανθρωπου εκ νεκρων αναστη

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Beyond the Imagination. Plant It and They Will Come to the Creation Garden. Butterflies, Birds, Hummingbirds, Bees.

Ranger Bob got a large envelope today. We won an appeal on a tax matter. I served as his helper and managed an appeal for him. He was a big winner, and we celebrated with Mokka coffee: Bob, Mrs. Ichabod, Sassy, and I.

We all sat and watched from the front porch, so comfortable in the shade. The hummingbird feeder was one day old and attracting two different birds at the same time.

Sassy joined us for treats and crackers.

The hummingbirds love the feeder, but they spend most of their time flitting around the:

  1. Mountain Mint
  2. Joe Pye Weed
  3. Daisies
  4. Bee Balm
  5. Borage
  6. Clethra (cinnabon tree)
  7. Cat Mint.

Hummingbirds love the sweetened water, but they need tiny insects and spiders for food that sticks to their tiny ribs. The absence of toxins allows all the creatures to flourish, feed, and be fed upon.

Soon after I learned that dragonflies also like Joe Pye, one (order odonata) flew by, shimmering in the sunlight.

Everyone likes to see the pollinators working over the blossoms. The mailman may not appreciate the bumble bee swaying Bee Balms near our mailbox, but he has not been stung.

Another Vista
I had to check the Butterfly Garden, once a scene of disappointment and disaster. The long-term plants needed time to grow and become strong. Now the BG has very healthy Joe Pye, a giant Comfrey, several blooming Yarrows, and my only surviving Hidden Lily.

On top of the Yarrow was a swallowtail butterfly, calmly resting a few inches from my face. I was expecting a need for some watering since the promised deluge for the week never arrived.

The beneficial insects and bees were flying and buzzing around. I wish people would realize they can stand next to the plants and view God's creatures impossibly close.

Katy Perry's Likely Defense - "If Tim Glende and Ski Can Do It in WELS,
I Can Do the Same in My Career"

"LOS ANGELES (AP) — A jury on Monday found that Katy Perry’s 2013 hit “Dark Horse” improperly copied a 2009 Christian rap song in a unanimous decision that represented a rare takedown of a pop superstar and her elite producer by a relatively unknown artist.
The verdict by a nine-member federal jury in a Los Angeles courtroom came five years after Marcus Gray and two co-authors, first sued in 2014 alleging “Dark Horse” stole from “Joyful Noise,” a song Gray released under the stage name Flame.
Full Coverage: Entertainment
The case now goes to a penalty phase, where the jury will decide how much Perry and other defendants owe for copyright infringement.
Questions from the jury during their two full days of deliberations had suggested that they might find only some of the defendants liable for copyright infringement. The case focused on the notes and beats of the song, not its lyrics or recording, and the questions suggested that Perry might be off the hook.
But in a decision that left many in the courtroom surprised, jurors found all six songwriters and all four corporations that released and distributed the songs were liable, including Perry and Sarah Hudson, who wrote only the song’s words, and Juicy J, who only wrote the rap he provided for the song. Perry was not present when the verdict was read.
Other defendants found liable were Capitol Records as well as Perry’s producers: Dr. Luke, Max Martin and Cirkut, who came up with the song’s beat."

 Who defended the boys?


Time of Grace graduates are lacking in grace, lackeys of Fuller Seminary.

GJ - WELS encourages its poorly-trained seminarians to plagiarize. Therefore, many have been caught plagiarizing Church Growth sermonettes word-for-word.

Glende and Ski excommunicated a lawyer for speaking directly to them about the plagiarism. The DP supported Glende and Ski.

Later, the same dynamic ambiguous-about-doctrine duo took a WELS member to court for telling the truth.

Objective Justification training works well in the Wisconsin Sect - do not doubt it.

Pastor Palangyos Has His Copy To Translate

 The covers and illustrations are created by Norma A. Boeckler.

I have uploaded the Word file for Pastor Palangyos. I have another one being prepared for the second Philippine language.

 Pastor and Mrs. Jordan Palangyos.
Her first name is Amabel.

LutherQuislings Unleash Their Latest Weapon - The Wrong Biblical Citation

 "This will be our devastating weapon, the Muler."

LQ's Nadler:
Curiously, today on the latest Ichabod post Dr. Jackson singles out 1 Tim. 5:16 (sic) "justified in the Spirit" as NOT teaching Objective Justification; however, it is this passage that one of his heroes, Dr. Walter A. Maier, II, adduces as the passage of Scripture that teaches Objective Justification.

 "And furthermore, as I was saying..."


GJ - I do not know what their Nadler is jabbering about. He exudes supreme confidence combined with intellectual buffoonery. I suspect too much coffee or other mood enhancers. His Biblical citation is wrong, so little does he know about his own doctrinal errors. 1 Timothy 3:16 is the passage on which the Pietists hang their hates (yes, hates) - Rambach, Webber, etc.  What he imagines WAM II teaches is irrelevant - the ruling norm is the Scriptures, not his grab-bag of authorities.

If someone wants to claim knowing the position of another, he needs to cite sources for  that, too. Having access to a keyboard does not grant automatic credibility.

I have been publishing on this topic since Y2K, but I have never seen the LutherQueasies raging and foaming at the mouth like this. I blame myself for focusing on the key Scriptures about Justification.

They keep trying to quash the Chief Article by dancing around the issues, hoping their ignorance will dazzle their tiny audience of relatives and therapists. Concentrating on Genesis 15:6 and Romans 4 will be their undoing, so they keep racing around with little posts on their little blog for their little friends.

When I mention that their Synagogue for Satan is full of straw man fallacies, they respond with another fallacy - tu quoque. I realize it is their therapy, not a response. I should stop agitating them, which only makes their hides bristle, James 2:19.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Someone Asked Some Questions about Objective Justification

 This Edward Preuss nonsense was praised by Walther, Robert Preus, Jack Cascione, and Paul McCain. "Justified before birth" - consider that.

Objective Justification is simple -

  • "God issued a decree that the entire world is forgiven." (sic
  • That is largely based on their false reading of 1 Timothy 3:16 - "The entire world was declared forgiven when Jesus rose from the dead." (sic)

The raising of Jesus declared that He was without sin, justified, but His justification was not like ours. The fact of His rising showed the world that He was not a sinner like us and therefore not mortal, like us.

They are keen to say that OJ is not the same as the Atonement, because OJ is the divine declaration. What they do is blend the two together, Atonement and justification, leaving everyone confused by their confusion.

Mission creep and the lack of Biblical knowledge combine to give the 21st century OJists many Moments of OJ -

  1. The Empty Tomb
  2. The Cross
  3. The Angelic blessing at His birth
  4. The Garden of Eden.

Subjective Justification is so weak an emphasis that it is almost invisible. Indeed, it has dropped away among the mainline theologians, who assume everyone is already forgiven and saved, period. That sounds like WELS DP Jon-Boy Buchholz, doesn't it?

 The Easter absolution of the world is also attributed to the cross, the angelic proclamation of His birth, and the Promise of a Savior in Genesis 3:15.

In fact, SJ is nothing more than deciding in favor of universal absolution without faith. As Walther wrote, "Every one who wants to be saved must accept the general absolution (OJ)."

So Walther has everyone in the world forgiven but they must also make a decision for OJ to be really forgiven.

Needless to say, that makes SJ tough to teach, so they rave about OJ and call Justification by Faith every possible name - Calvinism, Arminianism, Pietism.

Pieper, Mueller, and Scaer cleverly lumped together the contradictory terms of Justification by Faith, Objective Justification, and Subjective Justification. That allowed people to think that OJ is the Atonement and SJ is Justification by Faith. If those three LCMS leaders really believed that, they would not have railed against the Chief Article, Justification by Faith.

 If their dogma cannot be taught with Biblical words alone, then it must be false. If their dogma contradicts the Scriptures, it must be repudiated and rejected.

WELS Synod Convention, 2019 - First Draft

 M.S. - "Do not run any of those screen shots from Ichabod, OK?"

Synod convention begins July 29

The 65th biennial convention of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod will be held at Martin Luther College (MLC), New Ulm, Minn., July 29–Aug. 1. The convention will be attended by over 400 voting and advisory delegates. Approximately half of the delegates are lay, with the other half being pastors, teachers, and staff ministers.
The opening service for the convention will be held Mon., July 29, at 6:30 p.m., in the Chapel of the Christ at MLC. The convention opens on Tuesday morning after the presentation of the flags by the Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society. We hope to have another woman preaching from the pulpit.

 Celebrating our diversity, so ELCA will like us.
To further the interests of diversity not only will Old Milwaukee be served in the beer garden just east of the academic centre but also Pabst Blue Ribbon.  Of course sugared and caffeinated beverages will also be available.  After the 2013 confab we received complaints via Ichabod (which I do not read) regarding loud alcoholic rantings into the wee hours of the morning.  Remember, some of your fellow conventioneers require more sleep than others!
The first order of business is the unanimous re-election of the synod president, to be followed as soon as possible by the election for the synod second vice president. Tuesday morning will also include an overview of the mission opportunity in Vietnam, a presentation of the synod’s ministry financial plan, and the report of the synod president, moi.
After the election for president and second vice president is concluded, elections for other offices will take place whenever possible on the schedule. Most have already been arranged, so do not expect any surprises. But please vote.
Along with reports from all areas of the synod’s ministry, the convention will act on a recommendation for a formal declaration of fellowship with Fuller Seminary, ELCA, Thrivent's chapel, and the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ–Kenya, and with a public affirmation of our synod’s fellowship with Christian Lutheran Evangelical Church in Taiwan, formally a WELS mission but now an independent synod.
Floor committees will prepare reports and resolutions dealing with all areas of ministry and support services. More than 20 memorials have been submitted for consideration. (Memorials are requests from individuals, congregations, or groups for convention action.) These memorials have been assigned to floor committees, which will then make recommendations about dumping some of them to the plenary convention. In addition, numerous proposed changes to the synod’s bylaws will be considered by the convention.
Closing worship is scheduled to take place on Thursday afternoon and will include the installation of the newly elected officers by moi.
The majority of the convention will be streamed live. The smoke-filled rooms do not have cameras, fortunately. The livestream can be found at
Serving with you in Christ,
WELS President Mark Schroeder

"Ah! Fond memories."

Why Is a 2011 Post So Popular, Week after Week?

 Dr. Moo from Wheaton College helps Mequon promote the new NIV, but the Calvinist ESV is no solution, as some imagine. Pope John the Malefactor, ELS, looks on gleefully.

Defeat the HIV Translation in WELS - 2011 - Why So Popular Now?

I wondered why an old post began showing up as the most read - for the week, for the month.

Top Secret. Special Access 
An agent deep within WELS told me that the new NIV is going down in defeat, in spite of the WELS convention resolution - "All Paraphrases Matter."

Congregations seem to be favoring the EHV, which removes many of the blatant errors of the new NIV, but not all of them.

EHV Matthew 28:19 Therefore go and gather disciples from all nations by baptizing them...EHV

KJV Matthew 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

19 πορευθεντες ουν μαθητευσατε παντα τα εθνη, βαπτιζοντες αυτους εις το ονομα του πατρος και του υιου και του αγιου πνευματος

This verse is the keystone of Church Growth Enthusiasm. The real church for them is the Pietistic cell group, which is where they "make disciples." Didn't Jesus order them to "make disciples who make disciples who make disciples"? WELS guru Gerlach wrote that, so it must be true.

Jesus did not tell the disciples to manufacture soul-winners in all nations, but to teach all nations. That is like the difference between stoning peaches and stoning your neighbor.

The Fuller fanatics are indifferent about doctrine - except theirs. They will not give an inch on this, so why did the EHV make matters even worse? Mequon was all in for Fuller Seminary decades ago.

Lutheran World Missions - The Most Corrupt

Lutheran World Missions (LCMS-WELS) are the most corrupt because they were the first to attend Fuller Seminary indoctrination classes. Also, they are larded with special gifts, abortion-loving Thrivent grants, and special luxuries.

Fuller's errors were welcomed in the name of Growth! because the LCMS-WELS leaders were eager to leverage the influence of Calvinism and Rationalism in their sects. They advocated safe sects, so why not become bi-sectual, Pietistic and Calvinistic?

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Viewers by Country - Last Seven Days

Start learning the alphabet with the Chief Article, JBFA!

Andrea's Mom wrote: "We saw the blog!!! Randy and I were laughing with Andrea's photo. Too cute. Her dad said "Andrea is a little student of Pastor Jackson."

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Not going to comment on this fake name and photo. 

RE:  Your post from 5:44 PM today.  The Septuagint is a translation of the Old Testament.  Translations although still containing the Word of God are not inspired by the Holy Ghost as you claimed in the blog post.  This is mis-leading (sic) and disingenuous.  You are twisting scripture to promote your agenda and false doctrine.

For one who is a stickler about spelling and grammar, you should really run your posts through spell checker.  It is 2019.  It makes you look hypocritical.  Of course, that is your drill, no?


GJ - Yes, those who write are quite aware of the problem of typos, and we all get a laugh from them. With 17,300+ posts, there are probably that many typos yet to be found.

I could reduce the number by posting nothing or by hiding behind fake names.

But I also look at the results
  • 2500 views yesterday
  • 2517 views today.
Could this be irritating the hyper-sensitive, humorless people who write angry, doctrine-illiterate emails?