Exorcise Your DRP Demons at the LCA Conference

Over the last year, the twists and turns of Rev. Dr. Matthew Becker’s exoneration on false teaching charges followed by his eventual removal from the LCMS roster have highlighted some of the theological and polity issues that confront the LCMS. Some of those issues include women’s ordination, evolution, and the dispute resolution process. With the LCMS national convention coming up, now is a fitting time to examine these issues. A good way to get started on that project might be to attend the Lutheran Concerns Association Annual Conference, to be held in Fort Wayne on January 18, 2016 (the day prior to the seminary’s symposia). Speakers and their topics include:

• Rev. Dr. Roland Ziegler – The Foundations Must Stand—Contemporary Issues in the Doctrine of Inspiration

• Dr. David Menton – Implications of Evolutionism: Should the Christian make Peace with Darwin?

• Dr. Jack Kilcrease – Matthew L. Becker’s Theological Vision: Revisionist and Provisionist

• Rev. Prof. John Pless – Women’s Ordination: Test Case for Biblical Authority in Global Lutheranism

• Rev. Dr. Martin Noland – A Brief History of the Justice and Disciplinary System of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

• Mr. Walter Dissen, Esq. – Reconciliation, Adjudication, and Appeal Pre-July 1992—A Gold Standard Trashed

• Rev. William Kilps – Reconciliation – A Kingdom Matter but Which One?

• Mr. David Hawk, Esq. – The Dispute Resolution Process: Who does it serve?

The conference format includes time after each speaker for Q & A, lunch, plus a panel discussion at the end of the day. Come break bread with fellow confessional Lutherans and discuss the current topics that confront Christ’s Church. For registration and further information, go here.

About Scott Diekmann

Scott is a lifelong LCMS layman. Some of his vocations include husband, dad, jet driver, runner, and collector of more books than he can read. Oh, and also chocolate lover. He’s been involved in apologetics for over a decade, is on the Board of Regents at Concordia Portland, and is a column writer for the sometimes operational Around the Word Journal. He’s also written for Higher Things Magazine, The Lutheran Clarion, and has been a guest on Issues Etc. as well as the KFUO program Concord Matters.


Exorcise Your DRP Demons at the LCA Conference — 16 Comments

  1. Some of those issues include women’s ordination, evolution, and the dispute resolution process.

    Though critical, IMO those issues pale in importance with the purported issue of a pagan priest on the faculty of Concordia University – Irvine. Can LCA add this to the agenda? Thanks.

  2. @John Rixe #1

    What I don’t get is why those things, already dealt with in Scripture, are issues to begin with. That’s like early Israel calling a council to discuss the tolerance of Baal, Ashteroth, and Dagon worship within the tribes.

  3. @J. Dean #3

    Agreed.    It seems ludicrous to have another conference on heterodoxy while accusations regarding a devil/idol worshipping CUI professor go unanswered.   Nevertheless I wish the LCA conference well.

  4. The topics on the DRP ARE very timely. With some of the messed up bylaws we have, is it any wonder we are having idol worship at CUI? We have certain wrong people in particular positions making bad decisions. And the problem is the rules interfere with any correction. Sure we know there is a problem at CUI. But what can we do about it? How do we hold the President and Board of Regents accountable? With what methods? And if we are to have a dispute (which we should right now), how is it going to be resolved? With any kind of assurance that we are seeking God’s Truth?

    And being late in the game, the conference schedule is set. Maybe next year, if this problem still exists.

  5. @John Rixe #6

    And maybe it can. I don’t see a whole section devoted to it, but in discussing DRP or something else, things like, “For example about the Matthew Becker case…”, or “For example, about the Salim Faraji hiring…” And then say why these things are bad, because of lack of oversight, improper understanding of doctrine and practice of Lutherans….

  6. @Jason #7

    Or more simply: “It’s going against the plain teaching of Scripture”

    Evolution: contrary to Scripture. Only a fool would say otherwise.
    Women’s ordination: contrary to Scripture. You cannot justify it without “wax-nosing” the Bible
    Matthew Becker: a man who has advocated both above positions, even though it violates the clearly spelled out doctrine of the LCMS, yet it seemed to take forever to deal with it.
    Pagan priest at a supposedly confessional institution of education: What fellowship hath Christ with Belial?

    Maybe I’m a bit of a simpleton, but Lutheranism teaches that the plain sense of any text is to be understood exactly as it is written. All of the above issues are clearly addressed in the Scriptures without any ambiguity or uncertainty. Why are they dealt with in the LCMS at large as if they were “grey areas”? Has the poison of “experiential theology over and above the written Word of God” that is found to be so prevalent in American evangelicalism really seeped that badly into the LCMS?

  7. We’ve seen how it works with the present system: some DP has to have the intestinal fortitude to challenge that appointment and the CNH DP in the process, and for two years (at least) we can’t hear a thing about it because the accusers can’t talk and the perps certainly aren’t going to tell you.

    After that, either CUI administration sees Lutheran reason (after which we are attacked for not appreciating “diversity” “racism” and a few other things, never mind that there are “diverse” Lutherans out there) or it digs in and the SP has to make a public case of it… for which he will be pilloried yet again.

    Some of this attempt at correction, for all we know, may already be going on. I hope so!

    But it would do no harm to discuss it at lunch or the Q&A or wherever 2 or 3 Lutherans gather, in order to support anyone who’s attempting to correct this or tell everyone who doesn’t know what’s going on and why it should be stopped.

    Unless it is stopped, “elca, here we come.”

  8. Strange how all this is so much plainer to laymen and women!

    Or not strange!

    The COP club can be very hard on a pastor who expects them to actually do something about orthodoxy in Synod. We lay people allow DP’s more “authority” than they were ever meant to have and good Pastors suffer for it.

    Moreover, when (confessional in name only) congregations remove faithful Pastors, they play the game of the unfaithful leadership. So it comes down to the pew… what are we going to do about it?

    Or is a semi baptist, semi methodist, semi pentacostal “Lutheranism” “good enough”?

  9. Representation from the synod should attend this conference but unfortunately that will not happen. Shame on them. Seems like bloated salaries are more important than addressing the issues the synod face.

  10. The sheep have the right to judge what the shepherds teach. This right too often is not equaled by ability, and that is because of the poorly catechized state of the church.

  11. @T. R. Halvorson #14

    The sheep have the right to judge what the shepherds teach. This right too often is not equaled by ability, and that is because of the poorly catechized state of the church.

    Contrary to some academic opinion, we can still memorize, although children do it faster. We can all read, in this generation. Is it the Pastor’s fault if we spend our time reading Twitter, facebook, or even BJS, instead of the Word?

    [Perhaps a little, if we meet him on social media so often that we have to wonder how he’s preparing for the next sermon or Bible class!]

  12. All our protestations notwithstanding, the LCMS is not a whole lot different from the Israelites. “Gone a-whoring after other gods” aptly describes the practice of ordaining women, teaching evolution, open syncretism, not to mention blatant unionism. As I recall, things didn’t go too well for God’s Chosen People back then.

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