Who Says Conservative Confessionals Can’t Give Testimonies?

(From the Editor: This comment was posted on my article on The Alley’s Manifesto and I thought it was worth a wider readership. Lusade – I hope you don’t mind me calling your comment a “testimony.”)

The Alley Manifesto is a child’s dose compared to the Gospel. Doesn’t the Alley realize we are dead in our sins? What exactly is their good news to the rest of the world? Sola Small Groups? Sola Team Ministry? “Your best life now”? Five steps to a better marriage? Their manifesto reduces the Gospel to a weak strain that inoculates seekers against catching a full-blown case of new life in Christ. I’m a new Lutheran. It took me 59 years of main-stream liberal, church growth, seeker sensitive, how-to Christianity to arrive at Lutheranism and I can’t believe somebody wants to throw the Gospel away for the Alley Manifesto.


Comment by lusade — June 19, 2009 @ 7:23 pm

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.


Who Says Conservative Confessionals Can’t Give Testimonies? — 5 Comments

  1. Out of the mouths of babes. How can someone so young to confessional lutheranism see the truth when our circuit counselors, DP’s and SP are selling confessionals down the river? They allow pastors like Pastor Walter Snyder to be railroaded from a call of God while upholding the ministry at The Alley.

    Why would anyone change from one happy-clappy religion to another?

    John Thomas

  2. Have the offices of the various presidencies and board memberships become mostly political offices, or entirely political office–wherein the people seeking and holding these offices pursue political/personal/power interests, rather than those of the historic Christian church and the Lutheran confessions?
    Of course, weren’t they sent into these offices by the people in the pews, who either saw or didn’t see (or cared or cared not) the direction things would eventually take?
    It seems the answers are so simple, and the answers to our dilemma so simple, they’ve become maybe too hard.
    It’s a plague on the entirely of Western civilization, that we’re so nearly completely untethered from history and tradition, we think we are history’s authors, indeed, our own authors.
    We are so Adam and Eve–so beguiled by forbidden fruit. It seems we can’t get enough of it.
    Nevertheless: for Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory.
    I came out of rank atheism in and through the Lutheran church. But I find myself evermore in the midst and under the thumb of atheistic Lutherans, wanting for their church what I left behind. The simplicity of Lutheran theology and even of Missouri polity is too hard for too many; they might as well not believe. They might as well be rank atheists, dead in their scramble for that power-yielding piece of that original fruit.
    Why keep going for just the fruit, when we’ve been given the entire Garden?

  3. I can relate to Lusade. I grew up in evangelicalism, starting in the charismatic movement, and I never gained a real appreciation, or even adequate knowledge of the Gospel, until I started studying the doctrines of confessionalism. It truly boggles my mind why the Synod is so interested in throwing out the gold they have for a cheap imitation.

  4. I grew up Methodist and became charismatic Baptist in college. Praise bands, small groups, speaking in tongues, prophetic utterances, casting out demons, healing services, slaying in the spirit….I’ve seen and done it all. God used my study of history to bring me to the historic Christian faith in the Lutheran Confessions. God saving me in Christ through Word and Sacrament is peace. This is both mission-centered and doctrinally-focused. The Message in Word and Sacrament is the Mission.

  5. I hate to “keep score”, but as I read the manifesto I simply could not resist. The score:

    “We” 24 references
    “Jesus” 3 references
    “God” 1 references

    Looks like the “we’s” win, hands down!

    It’s all about “us”.

    “How great ‘we’ art….”

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