Pr. Bryan Wolfmueller – Out of Evangelicalism, Lutheran comfort for Evangelical despair.

February 20th, 2013 Post by

ConferencePr. Wolfmueller gave the second presentation at the 2013 BJS Conference.  His presentation was on the topic of coming out of Evangelicalism.  He spoke within the framework of Psalm 119, trying to emphasizing the value and importance of God’s Word in our lives.  He spoke of Evangelicalism’s pendulum between despair and prideful deception – a pendulum that often throws folks off.   Throughout it all, you get a presentation that is more proclamation than presentation.  Take a look:




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  1. Lumpenkönig
    February 20th, 2013 at 09:17 | #1

    Lutheran comfort for Evangelical despair. YES! There is a great hunger for this type of ministry.

    LCMS websites should be focused on aiding ex-seeker friendly church people.

  2. Marilee Litwa
    February 20th, 2013 at 10:28 | #2

    Thank you BJS for these videos. You have enriched a pewsitter’s life!

  3. February 20th, 2013 at 11:56 | #3

    Keep the videos coming! Good stuff.

  4. RomGabe
    February 20th, 2013 at 12:30 | #4

    Thank you for a great reminder … the AWESOME Word of the Lord and the wonderful message of the Gospel.

  5. February 20th, 2013 at 21:07 | #5

    Let this presentation spread like a prairie fire.

  6. Jean
    February 21st, 2013 at 08:03 | #6

    5 stars…..Excellent & Enlightening!!!

  7. Zach
    February 21st, 2013 at 09:50 | #7

    Pr. Wolfmueller’s story out of evangelicalism and into Lutheran theology mirrors mine in so many ways. I have been in a LCMS church for just over two years now. Prior to that, I journeyed through an evangelical wilderness, so to speak. The distinction of law/ gospel was what drew me in as well… Free will/ bound will and sacramental theology were my two biggest hurdles. Oh, the wonderful green pasture of Lutheran theology has truly been soup for my evangelical soul…

    Thanks for sharing this video…

  8. Dennis E. McFadden
    February 22nd, 2013 at 10:03 | #8

    I’m a former evangelical who was confirmed in the LCMS on the 34th anniversary of my American Baptist ordination last year. You nailed it! Thank you for this illuminating and exceedingly accurate portrait of the evangelical experience. Our options are pretty limited: if not the Gospel, we will chase after moralism, legalism, rationalism, or mysticism.

  9. February 25th, 2013 at 20:44 | #9

    I just thought of a great new blog I’m going to create. I’m going to call it


    This is where I’m going to post all my favorite YouTube Contemporary Christian Music videos.

  10. Chuck Braun
    February 26th, 2013 at 08:45 | #10

    I was baptized into the Methodist Church, and at a young age I discovered John 3:16, then knowing that Jesus had saved me by the faith I was baptized into and that verse of the Word comforted me with the knowledge that I didn’t have to worry about whether or not I was “good enough” to go to Heaven. I didn’t have to hem and haw over “making a decision”; I heard the Gospel and was joyful.

    In later years, the UMC became too liberal until I found a Bible-believing ex-EUB church, which was of German origin, and although evangelical, they baptized babies, and even used wafers and wine for Holy Communion. I had been involved with an Evangelical group in college, was baptized by immersion and identified myself as Evangelical. So when I was forced to move, I saw an ELCA Lutheran church. I thought that meant they were the more conservative of the 2 big Lutheran denoms. They had missionaries, who soon came back from the field in 1999. I started hearing about salvation “through other world religions”, later found out ELCA was pro-choice and pro-homosexuality. There had been no mention of the Catechism, and I was confused the first time I saw a Lutheran baptism. It appeared to me gross heresy, that “doing a good work” of Baptism would save a baby and give them faith.

    Finally the ELCA was too liberal, and I converted to the LCMS just this past December 9. Having been explained the Catechism and shown that infant Baptismal regeneration is indeed Scriptural, and the practice of the Apostolic church, I can now say that confessional Lutheranism is the closest to the Apostolic Church of all denominations.

    I pray for all Evangelicals who are considering going to the RCC would find the LCMS their new home instead. After all, we are the original evangelical catholics. My new LCMS church is like an Evangelical church with Sacraments, sans the “don’t drink, don’t play cards, etc.” Evangelical house rules. And while we are moved by the Holy Spirit to desire to live the Christian life in thanks for our salvation, given passively, by God’s work in Baptism into trust in Christ’s Atonement and Resurrection, if we don’t feel our Christian life is improving at the time, there’s no need to fear for our salvation. We can simply return to the Cross, hear the Gospel again, confess our failures and be absolved. Then we just let the Holy Spirit do His work in causing us to bear fruit. There’s no more worry about “Do I just know Jesus in my head, not my heart?”. No more need I ask “Am I just a nominal or lukewarm “Christian”, or a true Christian?”. I am simply trusting that Jesus Christ has authored my faith, and will complete His work in my life in His time, regardless of my feelings about the state of my salvation. By His choice, nourished in Word and Sacrament, I can “let go and let God” keep me trusting in Him alone for forgiveness and eternal salvation, covered with Christ’s Righteousness. So when my own personal flawed righteousness seems weak, I let Jesus be strong for me.

    Oh, that Benedict XVI had declared “Luther was right; let’s reform” instead of “I’m bailing”… The Evangelical church is currently going the way of the mainline churches in some pockets. Let’s pray these Bible-believers find their home with the original “evangelicals”, the confessional Lutherans. Sola Dei Gratia, amen!

  11. Joshua S.
    April 4th, 2013 at 15:16 | #11

    @Lumpenkönig #1
    As an ex seeker-friendly church person now looking to join the LCMS, I totally agree. There are evangelicals hungry for Lutheranism, and they don’t even know it.

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