The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire! (Mollie)

Pastor Joel Brondos has written a fascinating test that analyzes the theology of the Ablaze! movement by offering side-by-side statements. The first statement represents positions which are clearly in line with the Scriptures and Lutheran Confessions while the second statement represents an antithesis. Readers are encouraged to consider which statement matches Ablaze! better.

Here are the first three sets of statement:

(1) The Means by which it works

☐ 1A. It clearly shows how the Lord does His gracious work through the Holy Scriptures, Holy Baptism, Holy Absolution, and Holy Communion, demonstrating in accordance with the Lutheran Confessions that these are the only means by which the Spirit works.

☐ 1B. The majority of its sermons, articles, actions and expenditures show a heavy dependence and reliance upon clever stories or worldly means — such as consultants who tell us nothing of the Gospel but focus on secular sales techniques or manipulative motivational methods to get the world’s attention.

(2) Right use of Law and Gospel

☐ 2A. It rightly divides between Law and Gospel in every aspect of the media it uses.

☐ 2B. It takes an “infomercial” approach to the proclamation of the Gospel in the way it uses various print and broadcast media getting people to buy into the program because it sounds so good.

(3) Leading to Repentance or Motivation

☐ 3A. It uses well-trained, called and ordained servants of the Word who by the Law of God lead people to repentance and in the proper application of the Gospel preach life and salvation in Christ.

☐ 3B. It makes use of motivational speakers who hold a faith contrary to that which we confess — speakers who confuse the distinction and application of Law and Gospel in promoting a course of action to save the lost and act in a Christian manner.

There are over 30 sets of statements. Read them all. Readers are encouraged to give evidence to support their arguments.


Comments

The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire! (Mollie) — 6 Comments

  1. Excellent analysis of “the movement.” However, my question. Does ANYBODY that has some oversight, control, or real input over this “movement” care?

    There certainly is resistance to this “movement,” but the bottom line is that the one who controls the program, he has more power than the pope, (let the reader understand) apparently is indifferent and/or hostile to these legitimate criticisms. It’s too bad that we elected an administrator instead of a theologian.

    In the spirit of John the Steadfast let those who care remain uncompromising toward this false teaching “knowing that the same sufferings are accomplished in your brethren who are in the world.” (I P 5:9)

  2. Undoubtedly the best analysis I’ve read so far. And it should be publicized as widely as possible. Copy it and send it to as many as you can.
    Elnathan:
    Yes, they “care.” They care about their own agenda, their own dream scheme. And they presently hold the reins of power. If, may God forbid, this restructuring nonsense gets into effect, that power will become more absolute. The solution is to “tro da bums out” in 2010. That is if the LAITY isn’t so brainwashed by then that they fail to rise up in righteous indignation, as they did in the 1960s. We have our work cut out for us.
    Rev. Bauer:
    Excellent historical background references. Too many fail to realize that this goes back at least 60+ years.

  3. This is fantastic.

    Let’s nail this one to the door right next to Pr Wilken’s synodical plan. I am willing to pay for a box of nails if we have enough papers. Please do not mistake me as being merely rhetorical.

    If we sound like Luther, but we do not work as Luther worked and risk what Luther risked, how Lutheran are we really? If we believe these things, but do not defend them with our fortunes, our time, our reputations, and our lives, how steadfast are we really?

    Imagine the church today if Luther had posted his critiques anonymously. Imagine the church today if Luther had kept silent in the presence of his peers and superiors. What would have happened if the truth was never spread or the laity was cowed by fear and complacency.

    The allies of “Steadfast” are “Sacrifice” and “Boldness”.

  4. It looks like a timely rewrite of a chapter from the book “What’s Going on Among the Lutherans” by Leppein and Smith from many years ago. This time, is it mostly just the LCMS? Who would publish such a thing?

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