My Mistake, by Pr. Klemet Preus

It has been pointed out to me, and admittedly I knew it already, that Rev. Matt Harrison is not the first person in the last seven and a half years to express concern that the doctrinal divisions in our church have gone on the whole ignored by leaders of stature in our church. So let me offer a word of apology if I gave that impression in my last blog. Allow me further to recount some of the heroics from men who went largely unheeded during the last seven and a half years. I will mention four.

Daniel Preus was the first Vice President during President Kieschnick’s first term. He courageously offered a pointed critique of the prayer service debacle at Yankee Stadium. For his efforts he has the dubious distinction of being the first First VP in recent memory not to have been asked to chair the synod’s convention. He was subsequently voted out of office. During his short tenure he was mostly ignored by President Kieschnick. That’s how men have fared in the past who wanted to solve the doctrinal problems before us.

John Wohlrabe garnered a lot more votes for synodical president than was expected and is the current third VP of the synod. He has been consistent in his rebuke of the false doctrine of our church particularly as we have moved, under President Kieschnick’s’ tenure to a more top down hierarchical type of synod. For his efforts he is goes basically unused and unheeded in the presidium. That’s how men have fared in the past who wanted to solve the doctrinal problems before us.

Wallace Schulz exercised his constitution responsibilities by rendering a godly decision in the Benke matter by suspending the errant district President who President Kieschnick championed. Recall that Benke prayed with Muslims and other non-Christians at the Yankee Stadium Prayer Service. His spiritual machinations caused President Kieschnick to focus mostly on defending himself during his first term rather than implementing failed programs. So I guess we can thank David Benke for his distractions. But I digress. Wallace Schulz was fired from his divine call and defeated in his bid to be vice president. That’s how men in the past have fared in the past who wanted to solve the doctrinal problems before us.

Todd Wilken host of Issues etc. was fired from his divine call earlier this year. You remember him. Is there seriously anyone in the synod today who thinks that his strong doctrinal commitment and indictment of false doctrine had nothing to do with his being fired? Is there anyone who really believes that it was a business or financial decision? That’s how men have fared in the past who wanted to solve the doctrinal problems before us.

So now Matt Harrison has said that we have to solve our doctrinal problems. I hope he realizes that the same man who ignored Daniel Preus and John Wohlrabe and the same man who during his watch saw Wallace Schulz and Todd Wilken get fired will not sit by idly now as Brother Harrison acts churchly and courageous.

I don’t know if Rev. Harrison will be ignored or fired by the current powers that be. But it will be one or the other. Of that I am certain.

Klemet Preus

About Pastor Tim Rossow

Rev. Dr. Timothy Rossow is the Director of Development for Lutherans in Africa. He served Bethany Lutheran Church in Naperville, IL as the Sr. Pastor for 22 years (1994-2016) and was Sr. Pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran in Dearborn, MI prior to that. He is the founder of Brothers of John the Steadfast but handed off the Sr. Editor position to Rev. Joshua Scheer in 2015. He currently resides in Ocean Shores WA with his wife Phyllis. He regularly teaches in Africa. He also paints watercolors, reads philosophy and golfs. He is currently represented in two art galleries in the Pacific Northwest. His M Div is from Concordia, St. Louis and he has an MA in philosophy from St. Louis University and a D Min from Concordia, Fort Wayne.


My Mistake, by Pr. Klemet Preus — 5 Comments

  1. If our good friends at 1333 Kirkwood Blvd choose to ignor Rev. Harrison and LCMS WR-HC, so be it. I would be hard pressed to posit any encouragement or assistant the current administration has profered toward their missional effort.

    More importantly, it would be difficult for our SP to sacrifice his favorite cash “cow” as an “Ablaze!” burnt offering. It is well established that LCMS-inc. is deeply in-debted (literally) to the funding of WR-HC. Our good ship LCMS-lollipop is already listing badly in financial waters. I assert our SP could only risk further denigration only if he masters that walking on water trick (hint: it wasn’t a trick – it was Sola Fide.)

  2. 10 “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
    11 “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. 12 “Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

    Matt. 5:10-12

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  4. It is time: It is time for confessional Lutherans to begin to consolidate their prayer for wisdom, their heart for the Church and their time to actually affect a change in the Synod. We can point fingers at the problems all day, but unless we are out there *doing* a better way, we can scream all we want and nothing is going to happen. I suggest two things, based on Rev. Harrison’s proposal: 1. We begin now to prepare for 2010 from the ground up (which this website is a part of, I know), and 2. We need to come together with our other congregations in our circuits and talk again. Not just with the pastors at our winkels, but as whole parishes. Rather than foster competition with one another, we need to support each other to recreate a Lutheran culture that has been eroded. We have become individual parishes, little row boats eyeing each other with envy and suspicion, rather than the ‘good ship’. Bring the people of the congregations together. Promote one another, serve with one another. Remember who we are in the world together, and I think the base will further solidify.
    At least come together with everyone who is *willing* to talk and work for the future (I am acutely aware of some circuit difficulties), and pray for those who aren’t.
    –Pastor Furgeson

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