Great News – Dr. Jurchen confesses, CUNE gives Christian example.

UPDATE – The Editors of Concordia Journal have also asked for forgiveness for the article in question.

In a Sunday evening post over at Concordia Theology the CSL blog released two statements, one by Dr. Jurchen, who wrote the original offending article of Concordia Journal that contained false doctrine – but great news – Dr. Jurchen has realized the error and handled it a Christian way – admitting it and asking for it to be fixed.  Also a statement by Nebraska District President Snow was released.  Both of these are fine examples of Christian conduct.  We rejoice in reading them as should all of our readers.  Thanks be to God for such a wonderful work!

However what is missing is a similar Christian confession from the faculty at CSL, who since their publication of the article containing false doctrine and doubling-down rebuke of over 450 pastors in two districts has owned the error for themselves.  Instead their statement said that they “will refrain from further commentary on his article”.  They also had turned off comments on their article posting.  Their clamor for more dialogue is empty at present.  I hope they change their ways.

I have asked for some of our authors here at Steadfast to consider writing about this pattern of “withdrawal” without actually confessing or addressing the sin.  This is one of the historical problems in the LCMS, of a group of theologians doing something wrong, then withdrawing it without any public confession or change of behavior, then years or decades later the error once again rearing its ugly head.  I hope and pray that the CSL faculty is considering all of this as some of the history of CSL has exhibited this behavior leading to one of the worst times in LCMS history.

About Pastor Joshua Scheer

Pastor Joshua Scheer is the Senior Pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He is also the Editor-in-chief of Brothers of John the Steadfast. He oversees all of the work done by Steadfast Lutherans. He is a regular host of Concord Matters on KFUO. Pastor Scheer and his lovely wife Holly (who writes and manages the Katie Luther Sisters) have four children and enjoy living in Wyoming.


Great News – Dr. Jurchen confesses, CUNE gives Christian example. — 5 Comments

  1. Thank you for posting this, clearly showing two ways of admitting error.

    I hope the synod pursues CSL on this issue. Otherwise they are just biding their time for the next attack.

  2. Yogi Berra – the great player and philosopher of baseball, was famous for his “Yogi-isms.” One of my faves, although it is debated if he ever said it, is this –

    It’s déjà vu all over again.

    Unlike many, I was far more than aware back then when St. Loo self-combusted into a major conflagration. Marquart’s Anatomy of an Explosion goes into details that many, upset by the St. Lou faculty’s actions of late, should read!

    More than a bit of a parallel is occurring in the present controversy. The author has backed off and openly repented. Very commendable! As Fr. Scheer and Fr. Winter have chronicled – the faculty at St. Loo has not.

    Imagine, if you will, using “withdrawal” in your personal daily confession of sin, or sacramentally with your Father confessor, or in the prologue to Divine Worship.

    It simply does not compute.

    No one wants a repeat of that which began, and fed Seminex. That was a truly horrific time in our history. And it is extremely sad that the same vibes are emanating from St. Loo yet again.

    My brethren, these things ought not so to be. (James 3:10 KJV)

    But still, it is, right there in front of us.

    Pax Christ

  3. @Harry Edmon #4

    Thanks for pointing out this good news. I am happy to forgive just as I am forgiven. I also rejoice in the example set by doctors of the church repenting and asking for forgiveness.

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