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The ‘Cross-dressing’ of Words
My experience with a “transitioning” person has been humbling in the extreme. It’s not easy to figure out how to love them while being faithful to my confession of what the Scriptures say.

One thing that has been made clear is that it’s not easy being a faithful Christian when dealing with any sinner, ever. …
    Charles Lehmann at Sep 24 2016 04:23 pm

The ‘Cross-dressing’ of Words
@Charles Lehmann #21

“I think those of us in the ministry would do well to ask ourselves what we’ll do and say when someone like Gina visits our church.”

Charles, thank you for your post. I would respectfully add that anyone who is a Christian would do well to ask the same thing. We all know that love is the rule, but precisely how love is best expressed …
    Carl H at Sep 24 2016 04:15 pm

The ‘Cross-dressing’ of Words
In seminary Dr. Weinrich said more than once that we’re basically living in the 2nd century again, and gnosticism reigns supreme especially in the homosexual lobby. This was 10+ years ago, but the same is true of the LGBTQalphabet movement today.

Dealing with people who identify themselves as having gender dysphoria and pretending to be what they are not is not theoretical to me. It’s part of my day to day life.

What I’ve learned in this …
    Charles Lehmann at Sep 24 2016 02:53 pm

The ‘Cross-dressing’ of Words
@Matt Mills #18

Well said, but law still has to have its place in exposing that original …
    J. Dean at Sep 24 2016 01:20 pm

The ‘Cross-dressing’ of Words
The issue is that the church, as reflected in the remarks of some I have seen, has fallen for the lie of the world, which is that my feelings justify my behavior.

Post #7, based upon the provided link, is evidence of this.

This is a direct contradiction against the truth. It is a contradiction against the Scriptures, and it is a contradiction against God Himself.

We are far more comfortable in being secure and comfortable with our sins …
    J. Dean at Sep 24 2016 01:15 pm

Why Dr. John Warwick Montgomery is Right
@Martin R. Noland #6
http://www.blts.edu/wp-content/uploads/lsq/11-1.pdf
Thank you for this link. That was so helpful for me to understand the differing schools of thought, why it matters, and is even making the Philip Hale book an easier …
    LadyL at Sep 24 2016 11:38 am

The ‘Cross-dressing’ of Words
@Mark Preus #16

Well Pastor,
Clearly a man desiring to be a woman is wrong, and when the SJWs claim it isn’t, you are right in citing the problem as antinomianism. But the antidote to antinomianism can’t be Pelagianism Pastor. When you say: “The sin of worry creates a medical condition,” or “when a man wants to be a woman such thinking changes his …
    Matt Mills at Sep 23 2016 04:46 pm

The ‘Cross-dressing’ of Words
Perhaps this may be helpful in the discussion: …
    wineonthevines at Sep 23 2016 04:15 pm

The ‘Cross-dressing’ of Words
@Matt Mills #13

Hi, Matt,

Sin causes bodily harm. The sin of worry creates a medical condition, and we should be thankful that it can be treated. The more we think a certain way, the more our bodies become accustomed to us thinking that way. So when a man wants to be a woman such thinking changes his body. We have always known this, even …
    Mark Preus at Sep 23 2016 04:04 pm

The ‘Cross-dressing’ of Words
Great post, Pastor …
    Matt Cochran at Sep 23 2016 03:02 pm

The ‘Cross-dressing’ of Words
@Matt Mills #13

Thanks for this comment. I have an anxiety disorder and yes, if I had enough trust in God I wouldn’t be anxious. But it is also a medical condition that can be treated with meds and therapy. Mental illness is a result of your own sins, but also a result of original sin and living in a fallen world, is it …
    Lifelong Lutheran at Sep 23 2016 02:35 pm

The ‘Cross-dressing’ of Words
@Mark Preus #12

@Carl H #5

Dear Pastor,
The world has certainly done away with the category of sin, but need this be an either/or with us? When I’m told that a link exists between certain sinful proclivities and certain genes, I say: of course there is. When we confess that …
    Matt Mills at Sep 23 2016 01:53 pm

The ‘Cross-dressing’ of Words
Carl,

Yes, they are the same. This is entirely the problem. The world has done away with the category of sin.

Zeke,

He said, “coveting the roles of men.” Think about …
    Mark Preus at Sep 23 2016 12:04 pm

The ‘Cross-dressing’ of Words
@porthopepizza #10

I wish I were very gracious. My lack of grace is too often a scandal to Christ and his church. But it’s not about me or you, it’s about Christ for me and you. He will never abandon us or leave …
    LW at Sep 23 2016 11:50 am

The ‘Cross-dressing’ of Words
LW, you are very gracious. Thank you so much! I know what a scandal I am, and Julie and I are, and when not seen as a scandal certainly we leave folks in a state of befuddlement. All we want to do is properly understand ourselves and be obedient to the Lord. Where we fail, we throw ourselves on His mercy in Christ. We trust John 3:17 and Romans 8:1 and similar promises. We pray that one day we can rejoice again in the LCMS with the church …
    porthopepizza at Sep 23 2016 11:18 am

The ‘Cross-dressing’ of Words
@porthopepizza #7

I pray that you and your wife will continue to attend a faithful Lutheran church where you hear the pure preaching of God’s word for your salvation. I pray that you will be brought to share in our confession of the faith and once again experience communion fellowship with brothers and sisters in …
    LW at Sep 23 2016 11:12 am

The ‘Cross-dressing’ of Words
What is the argument for saying that It is a sin for a woman to be the head of state? Or is it the coveting that is the …
    Andrew at Sep 23 2016 10:47 am

The ‘Cross-dressing’ of Words
This is the closest I can find to posting the announcement I placed on my blog …
    porthopepizza at Sep 23 2016 07:44 am

The ‘Cross-dressing’ of Words
@Hezekiah #4

Holy fallacious leap in logic, …
    J. Dean at Sep 23 2016 06:09 am

The ‘Cross-dressing’ of Words
Yes, the world says, “Victim of alcoholism, binge eating disorder, or suffers from anxiety.”
God says, “The sins of drunkenness, gluttony, and not trusting God above all things.”

Let the reader understand:
• Alcoholism and drunkenness are not the same.
• Binge eating disorder and gluttony are not the same.
• Anxiety disorder and distrust of God are not the same.

Furthermore, “the world” generally recognizes that alcoholism, …
    Carl H at Sep 22 2016 09:02 pm

The ‘Cross-dressing’ of Words
Sinful for a woman to be president? Huh, guess Deborah went to Hell, and all the Christian queens that ruled for sick or dead husbands, and former Christian mayors who were women, etc. Guess they should be barefoot, pregnant, and in the kitchen cooking and cleaning and running to get her husband that beer he asked for while sitting in the living room watching the …
    Hezekiah at Sep 22 2016 08:02 pm

The ‘Cross-dressing’ of Words
Yes. Exactly this. It is time we cease and desist with the (satanic) social sciences and simply say what Scripture says. Sin is sin. (Try to say that with a …
    David Preus at Sep 22 2016 07:00 pm

The ‘Cross-dressing’ of Words
Thank you for clear, cogent, non-judgmental post for our confused world and …
    wineonthevines at Sep 22 2016 06:16 pm

The ‘Cross-dressing’ of Words

    J. Dean at Sep 22 2016 05:54 pm

Why Dr. John Warwick Montgomery is Right
Dear BJS Bloggers,

Make sure that, once you read my article posted here, that you read the entire article of Dr. Montgomery titled “The Apologetic Thrust of Lutheran Theology” which is cited in endnote #8 and can be found here: http://www.blts.edu/wp-content/uploads/lsq/11-1.pdf It is the second article in that special issue.

This article of Dr. Montgomery describes one of the key issues in the upcoming debate, but certainly NOT the only …
    Martin R. Noland at Sep 22 2016 05:21 pm

Why Dr. John Warwick Montgomery is Right
@Rev. Loren Zell #2

What if the burning in your bosom points to something other than the canonical Scriptures?

Pieper’s position is pious, but anti-intellectual. The Scriptures are not anti-intellectual. Saint Paul argues for the Scriptures on the basis of external evidence. Why shouldn’t …
    Rev. Charles Lehmann at Sep 22 2016 02:56 pm

Why Dr. John Warwick Montgomery is Right
Provocative title and good article. I’m glad that a debate winner has not been declared yet!

What I know is that God’s Word cannot change, and the Church has existed based on the Word (and known that Word) since its …
    mbw at Sep 22 2016 01:22 pm

Why Dr. John Warwick Montgomery is Right
@Rev. Loren Zell #2

God gave you His word in a text. If the “scholars” are choosing different words to translate the original, we have to hope that they are at least using something as close as possible to the original to work from.

It might be helpful at this point if something like the “Dead Sea scrolls” were discovered for the …
    helen at Sep 21 2016 08:05 pm

Why Dr. John Warwick Montgomery is Right
It is not the “church” theologians, or other learned men to tell us what is God’s word and what is not. God preserves his word all by himself. He does not need our learned Lutheran theologians to do it for him. The God and the scriptures themselves defend their canonical status quite well all their own. I think relying on the internal testimony of the spirit is sufficient. I do not believing in trusting these men to teach me what is and is …
    Rev. Loren Zell at Sep 21 2016 05:35 pm

Freed to Sin, or Freed from Sin?
For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. … Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 2 Cor. 5:14-15,17

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, …
    Carl H at Sep 21 2016 05:21 pm