Who are the preachers in your lives?

May 25th, 2014 Post by

luther_preaching_croppedI once heard a great sermon during a pastor’s conference held on the campus of the University of Wyoming in which the pastor called the professors “preachers”.  This was a fairly new way to think of it for me, but in our increasingly dogmatic world, is there really such a thing as “neutrality” anymore?  There seems to be very little in our polarized world (which is not unique, Jesus spoke of the world in such terms) that doesn’t bestow a different worldview (read: theology) from that of Lutheran theology.

The change in nomenclature helps clear up the muddiness and excuses.  If we call teachers, coaches, professors, peers, and even those faces and voices that come to us through media by the title “preachers” it may become more clear.  Just what theology is being taught to us during our days and nights?

This is not a call for a life of seclusion or Lutheran monasteries and convents (we are still in this world, given to serve our neighbors).  It is instead meant to be a thought-provoking question about our all too often default acceptance of certain voices because their positions sound neutral and seem innocuous.

Who preaches to you most of the time?  What is being preached?

Who preaches to your children most of the time?  What is being preached?

What can be done to out-preach the preachers of the different gospel of this world?

 

 


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  1. May 25th, 2014 at 19:48 | #1

    I have ranted on BJS more times than I can count about how important it is to educate your children by example. Pastor Mark Schroeder just posted another facet of this “problem”.

    “When I was a child…”
    May 24th, 2014 Post by Pastor Mark Schroeder

    What is important to you is going to be important to your children.

    Yes, everyone a preacher! Yes.

    But if as a parent you have Lovingly taught your Children; then let the world preach.

    I have stood and defended the Christian Faith in a crowed lecture hall when an atheist teacher tried to preach instead of teach. Why, because I was raised to Love My Lord by Example, from birth.

    The more the world preaches, the more I will preach.

    Show your Children with Love what is important to you. Don’t worry, they will be OK when the world preaches its shallow deadly lies.

    I have a strange way of getting under a pastor’s skin. One I call a sinner, and he says “yep”.

    Another Pastor I call a sinner and he shows me the door and fast!

    So make sure your kids are with the “yep” Pastor on Sundays.

    American as well as world society is preaching a Religion that leads to Hell.

    Even the LCMS is experiencing schism that is exacting a heavy price on new pastors as well as the members in its congregations. Why? Some of its pastors as well as some of its seminary teachers Preaching a gospel which has no basis in Scripture or Historic Church tradition.

    With the above having been said:

    Who preaches to you most of the time?

    Social Media. You fill in the which.

    What is being preached?

    Death.

    Who preaches to your children most of the time?

    Society / Social Media

    What is being preached?

    Death.

    What can be done to out-preach the preachers of the different gospel of this world?

    That is a very hard question! There is no easy answer.

    When it gets to this point, all is lost…

    The Only answer is this:

    “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.”

    And again:

    And he said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.”

    After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him.

    In many ways this applies to how the Children will react to their parents as well :

    “‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see. Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’”

    Parents: know and live a Gospel centered Scriptural life. Your Children will follow as they have seen and been taught.

    If I am mistaken; do not let me get away with this…………..
    Ignorance is the fertile field plowed by Heretics!
    lex orandi lex credendi lex vivendi

    IXOYC

  2. Randy
    May 25th, 2014 at 20:22 | #2

    Great question Rev. Scheer.

    I believe that more than ever it’s the enemy within that we are confronted with the most. I’ve taught my kids to be prepared for those “preaching” to them from society, but now I find myself spending less time focused on that front and more time teaching my kids to beware of false teachers/preachers within.

    Have you ever seen the signs at some LCMS churches that say, “Entering the Mission Field” next to the exit from the church parking lot? I think many of those signs need to be turned around to face “incoming” traffic…………

    @Mark Huntemann #1

    Mark, Well put – all of it. I believe I’m preparing my kids to face the “world” quite well, yet my greatest struggle is preparing them to face the “Church.”

  3. May 26th, 2014 at 06:49 | #3

    I have given this some additional thought as this bears on the gradual destruction of the Christian family and the Lutheran Church as they are both tied inexorably together.

    The root of the problem is one of ignorance.

    Loci Communes.

    You shall be holy to me, for I the Lord am holy and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be mine.

    As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

    hagios: sacred, holy
    Original Word: ἅγιος, ία, ον
    Part of Speech: Adjective
    Transliteration: hagios
    Phonetic Spelling: (hag’-ee-os)
    Short Definition: ….set apart……………., holy, sacred
    Definition: …………..set apart …………..by (or for) God, holy, sacred.

    Our Lord and his Children have stressed NOT to become entangled in the world!

    The “Drive By” Christian has no conception of the meaning of the word Holy, much less how to put it into effect. I somewhat blame the Pastors…….. When was Holy the topic of a sermon?

  4. Rev. McCall
    May 26th, 2014 at 12:49 | #4

    A great thought Pr. Scheer! Thank you for this article.

  5. Brad
    May 27th, 2014 at 08:40 | #5

    Pr. Scheer,

    I think the reason your questions sound so challenging and difficult to us, is that they point to a difficult answer. The devil has the bully pulpit of the world as he has for a very long time, and whenever or wherever he can, he preaches something other than Christ. The Church is the only pulpit established in the world by Christ, for the preaching of His Word and the administration of His Sacraments, according to His institution and giving.

    How do we out-preach the devil and the world? We preach Christ crucified– we preach His Word. The Word pours forth from the Church’s pulpit, from the font and the altar, into each and every Christian through whom it will continue to pour out in their various vocations and work. Where His Word is preached and believed, the devil will rage and flee.

    We have long abused our task of catechizing our people to hear the Word of the Lord, and the devil will not abide the vacuum– he has filled it with his own word, and shaped generations to his image. We must return to the long, slow, arduous work of the Word in preaching and catechesis, and prepare ourselves for the several generations it will require to rebuild what we have let be destroyed by our laxity and sloth.

    If only we had remembered the blood and toil of the missionaries, the sacrifice it took to build the church in our land… we might not have been so cavalier in allowing it to fall so decrepit. But this is what we have, and this is where we are. We must return to the Word and the Cross.

  6. Tim S.
    May 27th, 2014 at 14:08 | #6

    As I look at many of our congregation members, I notice that many of their grandchildren are unchurched or attend other church bodies because their own children have left their own church. As such, I don’t know what their children are being preached.

    When I wore a black suit to church one day, someone stated “Oh, are you being the preacher today?” That really upset me.

  7. Pastor Dave Likeness
    May 27th, 2014 at 17:06 | #7

    Tim S…..This is a sad commentary on the sartorial shortcomings
    of the LCMS clergy. There are other colors for suits, especially
    some of the blue tones. Even a dark blue blazer with tan slacks
    would be acceptable. We need to stop dressing like 19th century
    undertakers.

  8. Tim S.
    May 27th, 2014 at 17:11 | #8

    Our pastor wears a clerical, not a suit. (I’m not the pastor…)

    The black suit reference, I assume, came from their familiarity with a non-Lutheran church body.

  9. helen
    May 27th, 2014 at 21:07 | #9

    @Pastor Dave Likeness #7
    Even a dark blue blazer with tan slacks would be acceptable. We need to stop dressing like 19th century undertakers.

    Our Pastors wear khakis or other slacks with their black clerical shirts, especially during the week, but I like to see their blacks on Sunday. It may be a ‘uniform’, (but so is the camouflage our Chaplain/Pastor wears on Armed Forces Day at mid week Evening Prayer.) Nothing wrong with a uniform. [That is not to say they always wear black; they don't, and I don't comment.]

    Yes, I know clerical shirts come in colors. I’m not fond of them.

  10. Tim Schenks
    May 29th, 2014 at 00:22 | #10

    I’m not fond of colored clericals either, aside from black.

    There might be some confusion above. I was commenting on a congregation member at church associating a layman wearing a black suit with a preacher. My pastor wears clericals outside of the church service or vestments during the church service. I don’t know any pastors who wear a suit when they are preaching at church.

  11. helen
    May 29th, 2014 at 07:38 | #11

    @Tim Schenks #10
    I don’t know any pastors who wear a suit when they are preaching at church.

    A suit is too formal. Shirt and slacks. (I know, but I don’t go there. I visited once, expecting a vested pastor.)

  12. Brad
    May 29th, 2014 at 08:05 | #12

    @helen #11
    I’ve always thought business attire was appropriate for business. The Church not being a business, I have no idea why business attire would be appropriate for anyone, most especially the pastor.

    As far as colored clergy shirts, some of them have meaning. For example, in some traditions, purple is reserved for bishops, while most other presbyters wear black. All the other fruity colors are just goofy, to my eye… though I’ve heard someone argue that they can match liturgical colors of the season.

    I find it hysterically funny when pastors want to hide their Office by their clothes. In my military days, officers didn’t hide their office– it was not only a matter of duty, but honor for the office, to treat it with respect. No one thought officers were any better human beings than anyone else, but their office required honor. And it doesn’t matter what officer grade one holds, it pales in comparison to the Office of the Keys.

    No one seeks out theological guidance, or the gifts of the Office, from bohemian snot nosed kids, beach bums, or business office personnel. If a pastor dresses and looks like one, he shouldn’t be surprised when folks neither listen to him, nor respect the Office.

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