(from Pastor Rossow) I need your help. On July 24 I will be addressing the monthly meeting of the Texas Confessional Lutherans. One of the lesser goals of this website is to help bring confessional Lutherans from all different stripes together in greater unity of purpose.
One of the widest gaps I see in our midst is between those accused of being hyper-Euro sacerdotalists (giving more authority to the office of the ministry than Scripture does) and those accused of being hyper-Waltherians (giving more authority to the voters assembly than scripture does). BTW – the “Euro” in hyper-Euro refers to the European infIuence of high church, clerical garb, etc. I think bridging this gap is one of the keys to bringing confessional Lutherans together.
I have some clear insights on this matter but I am convinced that my presentation will be much richer and more effective if I can have your insights. So I invite folks from three distinct groups to provide some insights in the comment section of this post. 1) Those accused of being hyper-Euro/sacerdotalists: please give me a good defense of your position and more importantly provide me and the readers with some food for thought on how you can draw closer together in theological spirit to the hyper-Waltherians; 2) those accused of being hyper-Waltherians: please give me a good defense of your position and more importantly provide me and the readers with some food for thought on how you can draw closer together in theological spirit with the hyper-Euros; 3) those of you in neither camp provide any general insights you might have on this topic.
I look forward to your insights and will keep you posted on my trip to Texas and also look forward to bringing you a report on the status of BJS in the great nation of Texas. While there I will be taking photos of confessional churches such as Pastor White’s and Pastor Murray’s in Houston, for future editions of Elaine Gavin’s column “Steadfast Parish of the Month.”
The meeting is at Grace Lutheran in Brenham Texas, Thursday July 24 at 11 AM. The Texas Confessional Lutherans write a regular post for this website.