Concordia University Irvine — “Great Commission Summit”


Concordia College Irvine is hosting an evangelism conference with some rather strange bed fellows. From the attached promotional piece you can see that they are partnering with Roman Catholics, Evangelicals and the African American Methodists.

The Romans do not have the Gospel, the Evangelicals have turned the Gospel into a methobapticostal cocktail of methods for holy living, free will decisions for Jesus, and emotional obsession, while the Methodist church listed has a woman pastor.

Does this pass muster in the LCMS? Is this false ecumenism? How can a confused “evangel” be any “evangel” at all?

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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.


Concordia University Irvine — “Great Commission Summit” — 59 Comments

  1. “Relationships” – I do not have a relationship with God – I am one with Him in Christ. A “relationship” infers a distance between. There is no distance between Christ and His Holy Church. How can there be a distance between when there is only one? Just like there is no relationship between a man and his wife. They are one and the same – hence no relationship.
    @Phil Melanchthon #30

  2. Well said Beggar.

    It is hard to speak about vocation, duty, and the ten commandments with those who have drunk so deeply from the person centered psychology of the late 20th century where self worth and relationships dominate.

  3. A rule of thumb: ecumenism with any denomination or group on the following lists is false ecumenism:

    Same goes for Roman Catholicism which denies the Gospel, practices the grossest forms of idolatry, and is as infested with modernism as any liberal protestant denomination.

  4. This is my first time hearing of this. Some it is clear that you have an “ought against your brother,” How about you handling it biblically? Instead of sitting here thumping your chests gossiping with one another, you can find out who is running this conference and go talk to him. Of course, that don’t get you “clicks” but you will look a lot less like messy clucking hens.

  5. DXC –

    Not sure of specifically “what” it is that irks you (and others) in particular, but generalizing Matthew 18:15-18, prescribing it precisely where it is NOT prescribed seems to be a bit of a problem, and it is hardly a prescription of the Gospel of reconciliation.

    As the issue at hand is an extremely public offense/sin – one which has been ongoing even before my days at the Fort in the early 80’s – is hardly a matter of “brother-to-brother.” They have been reproved countless times over the years by the Una Sancta, and they simply morph into some new “vain” thing (Ecclesiastes 1:9)

    Perhaps . . .

    You are the man to go speak to them! Go for it!

    Pax – jb

  6. @Phil Melanchthon #30

    What has Jerusalem to do with Salt Lake City? We don’t *need* to learn from the Mormons–even *earthly* stuff. They do not do anything “better” than real Christians, other than motivate with the (twisted) law.

  7. @Pastor Tim Rossow #38

    We have a tremendous example of attempting to use the “tools” and “organization” and such from the heterodox: trying to “Lutheranize” the Kennedy stuff. The entire framework of that program was ARminian, and was designed to elicit “decisions”. And lo and behold, what did we find we had done in many, many cases after using this “Lutheranized” version of a Reformed program? New members and old ones thinking in a more Arminian way. And how much did our beloved synod grow? (cue the crickets….)

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