Who’s Minding the Store at CPH? by Pr. Rossow

1117151642On a recent stop in St. Louis at the anchor store of Concordia Publishing House on Jefferson Avenue I was shocked to notice that the heretical book of spiritist author Sarah Young was for sale in the store. The title of the book of devotions is titled “Jesus Calling – Enjoying Peace in His Presence.”

As you can tell from this critique she is not talking about the real presence of Jesus in the Lord’s Supper but an occult-like presence of Jesus in her conversations with Him.

Ironically, one day prior I did not even know of this woman but the night before the visit to St. Louis I heard a teaching from Lutherans in Africa Director James May on the heresy of this woman. I got to spend a few days with James this fall and was once again impressed with what a faithful Bible student and teacher he is. (Take a moment now and go to the LIA website linked above and make a donation to this wonderful ministry of the Gospel.) What a coincidence that I saw the book at CPH the very next day. Maybe it was Jesus speaking to me, directing me to that particular display? 🙂

(I have an email into CEO Bruce Kintz from CPH to see what is up with this promotion of heresy. I will post any updates in the comment section below.)

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’s Minding the Store at CPH? by Pr. Rossow — 58 Comments

  1. @Jeff Baker #50

    Did you mean this process?
    Matthew 18:15-17

    I too am concerned that “Satan has his way when we fail to practice what we preach and uses our downfalls to lead many astray.” Sarah Young’s book provides him a foothold.

  2. @Jeff Baker #50

    Was this concern brought to CPH’s attention before it was taken public on LinkedIn?

    You mean what’s Lutheran and what’s not has to be explained to the six-figure-incomes who manage CPH!? Seriously?
    Why aren’t they “concerned” before the membership of Synod ever sees the stuff?

  3. “But where the sin is quite public so that the judge and everybody know it, you can without any sin avoid him and let him go, because he has brought himself into disgrace, and you may also publicly testify concerning him. For when a matter is public in the light of day, there can be no slandering or false judging or testifying; as, when we now reprove the Pope with his doctrine, which is publicly set forth in books and proclaimed in all the world. For where the sin is public, the reproof also must be public, that every one may learn to guard against it.”

  4. Thanks to Mark for correcting my transposition. Clearly Matthew 18: 15-17 is the scripture I intended to cite.

    I don’t see any qualifier concerning position, income, or other criteria that modifies the scripture’s instruction to approach a brother or sister in Christ privately with concern about their perceived sins. Nor do I see how CPH or their CEO can be placed on the same plane as the pope who embodies centuries old departures from orthodox doctrine.

    Maybe those of you reading this who are accusers are not obligated by scripture to first employ a private conversation with Mr. Kintz (although my reading of the scripture causes me to believe that you are). Regardless of the obligation, I believe that the totality of scripture leads Christian accusers to take just that action as a first step.

    Give thanks on this Thanksgiving Day, approach brothers and sisters with love and compassion, and judge your actions through the lens of Jesus’ abiding love for us, not the lens of the Law. No one is worthy through the lens of the Law, only through the lens of His grace!

  5. @Jeff Baker #54

    Nor do I see how CPH or their CEO can be placed on the same plane as the pope who embodies centuries old departures from orthodox doctrine.

    You amuse me. Do you work there? If not, have you ever tried to communicate with the management privately. [I have.]

    Friend, Lutheran doctrine, drawn from the early church, [before the “departures” of about 800-1500 obscured it] is older than a good deal that the Pope oversees, and was, at very least, acknowledged five centuries ago. Not exactly yesterday. But is that any reason to pile “enthusiast” barnacles on the Lutheran faith now? Luther would not approve. And he would be likely to say so in a broadside!

    So, no, I wouldn’t place them on the same plane. 😉

  6. @Jeff Baker #54

    Jeff, I assume that you are an orthodox Christian and agree in principle that CPH is sinning by causing weaker brothers and sisters in the faith to fall for this New Age, occultist claptrap with the CPH (Lutheran) imprimatur. How long have you known about this? Would you be willing to approach “Mr. Kintz” about his sin of dealing in false doctrine and report back his response? As Christians we are to love and forgive and put the best construction on everything. However, when it comes to false teaching we pull out all the stops and cut no man any slack. And that is scriptural (Galatians 1:8). Also see comment #53 from Carl Vehse on November 26, 2015 at 1:03 pm

  7. @Jeff Baker #50
    This issue has been ignored for years at CPH. It’s all about how much can CPH generate from the sales of any book, whether Lutheran or not. It’s all about money not theologically sound material. Furthermore, it also explains the lack of sound theological leadership over at CPH.

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