Great News! The editors of CSL’s Concordia Journal give a Christian example.

Yesterday Dr. Arand of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis published an article explaining some of the editorial process used in the production of Concordia Journal.  He also offered an apology and asked for forgiveness in regard to the article by Dr. Jurchen.

Likewise, in this particular case, our editorial judgment failed to correct this error. In hindsight, we should have required a revision of those sections that contained the implication that the LCMS has acknowledged Day-Age theory as an acceptable exegesis of the Creation account in Genesis 1 & 2.

For that, we were in error. We apologize and ask forgiveness for the confusion this has caused.

This means that the original author of the article and now the editorial staff of the Concordia Journal have both behaved as Christians, recognizing their sin and confessing it.  They stand forgiven and ought to be regarded as such by all who have been following this situation.  The editors also mentioned that they are renewing their efforts in editing the Journal, which is fruit in keeping with repentance.

Thank you Dr. Arand.

Ultimately thanks be to God who has worked through this for a greater confession of the truth not only of Creation but also the truth of how Christians confess sins and receive forgiveness.

There still remains the issue of the CSL faculty rebuke of the pastors of both Wyoming and South Wisconsin Districts.  I am hoping that the spirit in which these statements have now been made will prevail in that situation as well.  That rebuke falsely accused 450 pastors of breaking the Eighth Commandment.  The pastors conferences rightly condemned the errors found in Dr. Jurchen’s article (errors now admitted to by by Dr. Jurchen and the Concordia Journal editors).  I pray the faculty can follow the Christian examples of Dr. Jurchen and Dr. Arand on this.

In your prayers, thank God that men of God still listen to God’s Word and hear the absolution.

 

About Pastor Joshua Scheer

Pastor Joshua Scheer is the Senior Pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He is also the Editor-in-chief of Brothers of John the Steadfast. He oversees all of the work done by Steadfast Lutherans. He is a regular host of Concord Matters on KFUO. Pastor Scheer and his lovely wife Holly (who writes and manages the Katie Luther Sisters) have four children and enjoy living in Wyoming.

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Great News! The editors of CSL’s Concordia Journal give a Christian example. — 14 Comments

  1. I am very thankful to God for this gracious act on the part of our first seminary. It shows a powerful witness to the world in its faithfulness to the Holy Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions. Soli Deo Gloria!

  2. Great! Now we just wait for the Districts and B.J.S to issue an apology for breaking the 8th commandment, though. Hopefully the parties aforementioned can follow CSL’s lead.

  3. @C. R. #5

    Admonishing public sin is not breaking the 8th commandment; if this whole kerfuffle were private, then the editors should have gone privately. However, that is not the case.

  4. In the interest of strengthening our life together and clarifying our witness to the world, the faculty of CSL should mend fences with the WY and SW Districts. Their silence is deafening.

  5. It would seem to be in our best interest and to God’s glory that we not feed or foster a perverse appetite for scandal. Indignation may gratify the ego, but does it edify anyone’s spirit?

    Outdo one another in showing honor. […] Never be wise in your own sight.
    Romans 12:10b, 16b (ESV)

  6. Let’s hear from another Carl.

    Now my dear brethren, has the victory of the Reformation of the Church finally brought peace? Alas no! The Church is to triumph above; here it must fight until the peal of the last trumpet. That God’s Word testifies to us on all pages, and so also the apostle Jude, who has the surname Thaddeus, writes in our text: “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.”
    On the basis of these words permit me today to answer the question:
    WHY DARE AND CAN WE NEVER GIVE UP THE CHURCH’S STRUGGLE FOR THE PURE DOCTRINE?

    I answer:

    1. Because the Pure Doctrine of our Church is Not Our Possession, but a Treasure Only Entrusted to us for Our Faithful Administration;
    2. Because the Loss of This Treasure Would be Something Much More Terrible than All the Strife and Discord Among Men; and finally,
    3. Because this Conflict is One Commanded by God, and Therefore is Certainly Blessed by God in Time and in Eternity.

    Why Dare and Can We Never Give Up the Church’s Struggle for the Pure Doctrine?
    Jude 3
    Reformation Day, 1876
    C. F. W. Walther
    (Translated by Rev. Donald E. Heck)
    http://www.cfwwalther.com/heck/walther19.htm

    A Lutheran layman is not a potted plant and what you have characterized as “perverse” God has commanded and blessed in the context of contending for doctrinal purity.

  7. It should be a lot more common that all of our institutions, including congregations, apologize for errors and even weaknesses and imperfections. Some will try to take unfair advantage of that, but it’s worth the risk in order to show a Christian spirit to the little people who might otherwise perceive something like — pride.

    I’m glad to see this, and I hope everyone at CSL is on board with what was stated by Dr. Arand.

    Thank you Dr. Arand for putting your name to this statement.

    I’m just one puny layman, a convert at that, but I will fight for anyone who shows humility along with a reasonable semblance of orthodoxy. And against, well, the proud.

  8. @Carl H #9

    Right – and your comments address what might have become a perception of CSL had they not backed down on this. By backing down, they have taken a step to starve any perverse appetite for scandal, and to quench any indignation they were tempted to have.

  9. Just a question, here, of format. When I read the response from the WY District Pastors’ Conference, I felt like I was reading an overture or resolution from a District or Synodical Convention. All the “Whereasesssss” and the “Be it Resolves” and such. Is that the normal (or best) format for registering a public complaint? Is that the template for how other entities should do it, or was that WY’s own way of putting that forth?

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