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Responding to Legalized Sin
It’s starting…. Former Mount de Sales Academy band director Flint Dollar filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday, alleging that the [Roman] Catholic school discriminated against him because of his sexual orientation.

Dollar, an openly gay man, said he signed a new contract May 1, 2014, to teach at the private school in Macon for the 2014-2015 term. He has said he told the school of his plan to marry his partner in October 2014, and that no one at the …
    Carl Vehse at Jul 01 2015 04:31 pm

Why do I use the Liturgy? Reasons 9, 10 and 11.
some of your reasons were hard for me to follow, but#1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9,10,11 are dead on target. #8 Preventing global warming? But that’s not a bad batting avg. OK, after rereading # 8 , I have to agree with that also. Grace and Peace, …
    Jack Darnell at Jul 01 2015 04:15 pm

Sinful Separatism or Proper Rejection of Unionism?
Dear BJS,
This is what I said to my people, perhaps many of you may tear it apart, but what I said is what I said as a public official of the Lord:

A Note from Pastor Prentice
Oh my, what a week it was, and yes I refer to the recent Supreme Court decision on gay marriage. I do think many of you want to say, “Give it a rest pastor”. Maybe some struggle with it, I have fielded many questions. It seems I have a target on me that cries, …
    Pastor Prentice at Jul 01 2015 01:55 pm

Tell the World Why
@F. Shirk #1

It does feel like a conundrum; it can be very difficult to reach people who have the stamp of societal approval. However, if we speak to them God’s powerful Law, the Holy Spirit will work through the Word, which accomplishes that for which God purposes it.

“Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be …
    Scott Diekmann at Jul 01 2015 11:51 am

Tell the World Why
What is most angering about this is that people are using the word “love” when this is not about love at …
    J. Dean at Jul 01 2015 11:40 am

Tell the World Why
“The lie is the death of man, his temporal and his eternal death. The lie kills nations. Through their lies, the most powerful empires of the world were laid waste. History knows of no more unsettling spectacle than the judgment which comes to pass when the men of an advanced culture have rejected the truth, and are now swallowed up in a sea of lies. As was the case with fading pagan antiquity, where this happened, religion and law, poetry and …
    Mark Drewes at Jul 01 2015 10:19 am

Responding to Legalized Sin
While I certainly hope and pray that the sky is not falling with respect to the SCOTUS ruling on gay “marriage”, but it is the in-born character of the progressive left to require constant revolution and constant “progress”. I think we dare not underestimate the power of this agenda and we do so to our own peril. Please check out this: …
    Rev. Richard A. Bolland at Jul 01 2015 10:17 am

Great Stuff — Reflections on the Fall of a Pastor
Originally posted on my blog (http://pastoralkorn.blogspot.com/2014/02/pastors-and-grave-sin.html):

The danger of choosing sinful men to serve in the Office of the Holy Ministry is that these are sinful men, and these men do not stop being sinners just because they have been chosen to serve. I’ve been involved in a discussion of what happens when (for the purposes of this post, as I don’t have one particular case in mind) a hypothetical …
    Rev. Alan Kornacki at Jul 01 2015 09:48 am

Why do I use the Liturgy? Reasons 9, 10 and 11.
Eleven of the most eloquently worded reasons to use the liturgy. I pray COWO pastors read this and do a thorough self-examination after. Thank you, Pr. …
    LadyM at Jul 01 2015 09:37 am

Tell the World Why
I totally concur with your thoughts. But it is difficult at best to tell someone that is living in sin that is now ruled “legal” that it is not “moral” and against God’s will for Him. At least with abortion, many women after grieving the loss of the child are in such pain that they we are able to direct them to Christ. With this recent ruling, those in gay relationships(marriage) don’t have any regret because they have been told it’s not only …
    F. Shirk at Jul 01 2015 09:29 am

Why do I use the Liturgy? Reasons 9, 10 and 11.
I agree with Cody, the divine service truly is as beautiful as it is biblical. In fact, that was one of the things that drew me to Lutheranism: far from the “cold, dead, and distance” caricature that evangelicals and CoWo advocates use to depict the divine service, the divine service saturates the congregation with scripture and confessional …
    J. Dean at Jul 01 2015 07:29 am

Becoming Steadfast: Politics and the Lutheran Reformation (Part 2)
@Mark #1

Melanchthon studied Latin and Greek in grammar school. He then received Bachelor of Arts (Heidelberg) and Master of Arts (Tuebingen). This included a wide range of subjects. During this time, Philip also studied theology. Although he was never ordained Melanchthon was not a “simple laymen.” He …
    MP at Jun 30 2015 11:32 pm

Great Stuff — Reflections on the Fall of a Pastor
Does an Immediate call(without means) give a Mister a grater ability to sin just because we know by miraculous signs or the words of Christ that he is in fact called? Does the fact that a modern pastor’s call is by the means of Christ’s church (mediate Call) mean we can assume that his call has been revoked by God if he sins? How can we trust our pastors as the mouth piece of Christ when exercising the Office of the Keys if he has a lesser call …
    Andy at Jun 30 2015 03:08 pm

Great Stuff — Reflections on the Fall of a Pastor
@Andy #22

To be blunt, the God way would be for the pastor to be confronted with his sin, given the opportunity to repent and receive absolution, rather than just be removed from office?

Since the man under discussion has had conferences with his Elders, one might suppose that all the things you suggest were done.
As far as …
    helen at Jun 30 2015 02:30 pm

Great Stuff — Reflections on the Fall of a Pastor
@Andy #21

King David was a King, not a pastor. That is very much a different office. His sin had all kinds of consequences, chief of which was the loss of his son. He was also not allowed to build the temple he wanted because of his sins. It is not apples to apples as Kings and Pastors are different offices (actually taking …
    Pastor Joshua Scheer at Jun 30 2015 02:02 pm

Responding to Legalized Sin
Wait, wait!!

On a positive note, the LCMS is in formal fellowship talks with the 6-million (or is it 8-million) member EECMY. These talks are at the super-secret handshake level, but from what is known among the pewsitters there is certainly much to constructively talk about and evaluate in trying to move from de facto A&P fellowship to publicly-acknowledged A&P …
    Carl Vehse at Jun 30 2015 02:02 pm

Great Stuff — Reflections on the Fall of a Pastor
This is a excerpt from Rev. Bremer’s paper for the ACELC confrence.

“I bring this up because there may be some who believe that their pastor may not be one who deserves our Lord’s forgiveness. Every pastor should know that when he sins, even in this holy office, our Lord’s forgiveness is his. It is unthinkable that men, sinful men who make mistakes, should not be offered the same grace that God wants all men to have.

Here I cite this …
    Andy at Jun 30 2015 01:38 pm

Responding to Legalized Sin
@Carl Vehse #85
I stand corrected, thank you for the note; time to move on, this issue is “off the …
    Pastor Prentice at Jun 30 2015 01:32 pm

Responding to Legalized Sin
@Pastor Prentice #83

“we truly need to reevaluate our talks with other denominations, such as the ELCA, etc.”

Both the LCMS President and the CTCR have declared the XXXA as “embodying …
    Carl Vehse at Jun 30 2015 01:26 pm

Why do I use the Liturgy? Reasons 9, 10 and 11.
The Divine Service or Mass touches my very heart. And at times it is hard to go to Church, but when I take the body and blood of Christ my heart is filled with joy. I thank you Pastor Bruce for talking about this subject.

May God bless you and the Lutheran …
    cody at Jun 30 2015 01:08 pm

Great Stuff — Reflections on the Fall of a Pastor
I have a question for people way smarter than me. If this is all true, why did Nathan not ask for Kind David’s resignation when he sinned so publicly? He not only wrote books, he went on to pen a good chunk of scripture.

And why when Peter sinned, publicly denying Christ, Did Christ reinstate him to ministry? He too went on to pen scripture, and also continued to sin. Paul had to call him out when he “stood condemned” of false doctrine. He …
    Andy at Jun 30 2015 12:49 pm

Responding to Legalized Sin
Okay, so, we do have one rather shocking SCOTUS recent decision which will hold off the most aggressive of the wolves for a while: Hosanna Tabor. Unanimous, no less, was the Court in saying the state has no business telling churches who their ministers can be. That should provide some (temporary–hopefully, fairly long-lasting, nevertheless) protection for our schools. Not a *blanket* protection, to be sure!
I agree that we need to avoid …
    Rev. David R. Mueller at Jun 30 2015 12:18 pm

Responding to Legalized Sin
Dear BJS,
As I am doing some study, one thing does come to mind, we truly need to reevaluate our talks with other denominations, such as the ELCA, etc.
They have a differing view of Scripture, especially since their higher critical thinking denies the inerrency and infallibility of the Bible. How else can they embrace homosexuality and fornication?
We need to strengthen our denouncing of err against God’s Word. We reach out with God’s Word, …
    Pastor Prentice at Jun 30 2015 11:49 am

Three Examples of How Lutherans Deny Justification by Faith Alone: A Response – Part Two of Two
This is a great article and touches upon many aspects of the Crux Theologorum. Here’s a link to the best summary of that doctrine that I have ever read:

http://www.stpaulslutheranchurch.net/cruxtheologorum.html

Most Christians, including many in my own LCMS congregation, either reject this doctrine or simply don’t know about it. Thus the prominence of the false doctrine known as “decision theology.”

Thanks for this …
    JWSkud at Jun 30 2015 10:33 am

Responding to Legalized Sin
@helen #80

I’m wondering if the two seminaries may suffer a decrease in enrollment also. As I understand it, the majority of students take on enormous debt which probably includes federal loans etc. Maybe this would not be a bad thing since ‘pastor shortage’ has been a scare tactic for many years now.

In …
    Diane at Jun 30 2015 09:31 am

Responding to Legalized Sin
@helen #78

There are many UCC Churches and other liberal denominations here in New England that fly the rainbow flag. The ABC-USA, which is more than likely the background of the Baptist church you reference, is quite liberal leaning in their theology. So they are just pushy in the other direction!!

A few years back I passed by a UCC …
    Rev. William Ringer at Jun 30 2015 09:26 am

Responding to Legalized Sin
@Brad #76

(i.e., they won’t be able to take on enormous government subsidized debt to get their education in these places) and in very short order those colleges and universities will close (or shrink to 10% of their current size.)

Currently, 10% might be the fraction of the students who are Lutheran/plan on Lutheran church work. Perhaps it …
    helen at Jun 30 2015 09:20 am

Responding to Legalized Sin
Justice Kennedy: “through its (marriage) enduring bond, two persons together can find other freedoms, such as expression, intimacy, and spirituality. This is true for all persons, whatever their sexual orientation. There is dignity in the bond between two men or two women who seek to marry and in their autonomy to make such profound choices.”

I’ve been chewing on this statement from Justice Kennedy for a while now. I’m sure there is some …
    Rev. William Ringer at Jun 30 2015 09:17 am

Responding to Legalized Sin
@Rev. William Ringer #67

Well, we don’t want to be pushy like the Methobapticostals do we?

I don’t know what the ‘metho…costals’ are doing, but the sign outside University Baptist Church says #lovewins. They have a sort of rainbow colored butterfly thing under that. (I was driving by, so I didn’t see exactly what it …
    helen at Jun 30 2015 09:02 am

Responding to Legalized Sin
@Mark #75

I take little comfort in the words of Justice Kennedy… Yes, it’s like saying: “If you like your religion, you can keep your …
    Carl Vehse at Jun 30 2015 08:49 am