Grieving Right in Massachusetts, A Lesson for the LCMS, by Pr. Rossow

Both BJS political commentators are on the road at confessional conferences. Charlie Henrickson is on the road to Minneapolis for the ACL conference and yours truly is down in the heart of Texas for the ACELC conference in Austin.

0416132003I was walking up and down 6th Street looking for some good music to spend the night with when my buddy Pastor Roger Gallup emailed me to let me know that something good might be afoot in Boston. (The picture is of a street sign on 6th Street in Austin. I figured it was appropriate for this post.)

So while I was eating barbecue at the Iron Works on the Red River, and in between wiping the sauce off my face, I called the pastor at First Lutheran in Boston, Ingo Dutzmann and sure enough, something good is afoot in Boston. He was invited to the interfaith service at the local Catholic diocese, but turned down that invitation because he and District President Yeadon are holding an LCMS only service at First Lutheran.

This is how you handle grieving for a tragedy. There is no need to grieve in an interfaith service. Interfaith services compromise our witness according to Pastor Dutzmann. He did confess that if one of his own members were killed in the tragedy, he would have second thoughts. No need for second thoughts Pastor Dutzmann. “You done good” as they say down here in Austin. Worshipping with the heterodox and pagans does not help. It only confuses the issue.

The Bible is clear. We are to flee from the false teachers. Presidents Harrison and Yeadon messed up the Newtown incident by not acting firmly enough in defense of Scriptural truth and Synodical policy but at least now, the siren call of BJS, the ACELC, and a handful of others has had some positive effect. I would also say, that Harrison’s heroic but misguided efforts after Newtown, also contributed to the right thing happening in Boston. The truth of God has prevailed. He is a jealous God and does not want us whoring with and after false gods. It is good to see truth prevailing even if it is a bit late.

Maybe it is not too late for President Benke and others who persuaded the pastor in Newtown to stick to his guns and not apologize for his syncretistic sin, to work on Pastor Dutzmann and win him over to the side of compromise and sin? We hope not, but would not be surprised if he and others do, since it is so much easier to practice syncretism, unionism, open communion, the ungodly use of women, etc., than it is to be steadfast for the truth. If they do prevail it will be a chance for President Harrison to redeem himself by doing the right thing and holding the sinner accountable.

May it not come to that. In the meantime, good job Yeadon and Dutzmann. The Gospel is held pure by this move and what unity there is in the LCMS is preserved. Thanks be to God!

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.


Grieving Right in Massachusetts, A Lesson for the LCMS, by Pr. Rossow — 51 Comments

  1. @Rev. David Mueller #50

    Rev. Mueller,

    Please reread your last post and ask yourself whether you answered my response. You didn’t. To bring up the scandal of the cross to justify Rev. Rossow’s tactless post is quite tactless itself. The scandal of the cross has nothing to do with speaking in boorish terms quite publicly about wiping sauce or jocular tears from our eyes before calling a pastor in a grieving community to confirm whether or not he is being quite orthodox. And that is the point, isn’t it? That is, we are to be wise and innocent. You can speak all you want about orthodoxy, but orthodoxy encompasses much more than meta-orthodoxy.

    Nor is your view of Jesus’ “sharpness” quite right. He is NOT “constantly quite sharp with people!” Is he “sharp” with Mary and Martha in John 11? Is he “sharp” with the woman of Nain? Is he “sharp” with his disciples in John 18?

    You’ve overstated your case. I’m in complete agreement with Rev. Rossow’s joy over a job well done in Boston. So is Rev. Uttenreither. That’s not the point. The point is tact. And tact is important. To deny this is to deny every rhetorical thrust of Jesus’ and his Apostles’ words throughout Scripture, not to mention the OT. It is for maintaining the resurrection of the dead that I am being condemned. I think someone said that somewhere. And it was a good thing to say, a tactful thing to say, because it respected the audience. And the audience of this board, after the Newtown tragedy, could be the secular press, the popular court of our day.

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