While claiming to not be a religion, worship rites and generic, non-trinitarian names for God, say otherwise. While civil works are not bad, they still condemn before the holy God and offer no salvation, just like all man-made religions. The issue of membership in religious lodges was a clear division between Lutheran churches in the … Continue reading Freemasons Say They’re Needed Now More Than Ever. So Why Are Their Ranks Dwindling?
Perhaps the path to healing begins with three simple words: Are you OK? Saying things will be ok in this world gives false comfort. They have not been ok this year or in our lives, and will not be ok as long as sin, satan, and death have their way with us. There is nothing … Continue reading The Losses We Share
It is hard to believe this piece by Rev. Matthew O. Staneck (in Lutheran Forum, Summer 2020) was written by an LCMS pastor (Saint John Lutheran, Glendale, NY). He is also listed as a Concordia College-New York Regent since 2018. It is not a Lutheran case, because it is not Christian. According to the LCMS … Continue reading A Lutheran Case for Reparations?
John 6 has been controverted within conservative Lutheran circles in recent decades, specifically verses 53-56: So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood … Continue reading John 6 Errors Perpetrated in CPH’s Concordia Commentary: John 1:1-7:1 by Weinrich
Dear saints of God, Health is a fleeting thing for the dying. Trying to save your own life—at all costs—means denying the righteous life Jesus lived for us. While the virus-induced pandemic is a tragedy we pray for an end to, it has put many souls in jeopardy. This is the greatest risk: the loss … Continue reading A Pastoral Letter in the on-going Pandemic
Most all agree, in principle, that we should love and help our neighbors. But the purveyors of racial justice have grouped disparate people together by a very superficial and difficult to define characteristic. The biblical justification for leaders pushing this agenda in the church (Lutherans for Racial Justice, for example in the LCMS) is the … Continue reading Who is my Neighbor and who should I Love in Turbulent and Troubling Times?
Pastor Paul Harris Trinity Lutheran, Austin, TX Originally Published June 6, 2020 in Christian News PDF File:Download According to Wikipedia: “The Bosporus or Bosphorus is a narrow, natural strait and an internationally significant waterway located in northwestern Turkey. It forms part of the continental boundary between Europe and Asia, and divides Turkey by separating Anatolia … Continue reading Lutherans Going East: If You’re Going to Run Through the Bosporus Give Heed to CCR
Free speech is oftentimes simply an excuse to say anything of a divisive or offensive nature. But “free” does not mean that words do not have consequences. Rather, it is that the words and the ideas they express should stand on their own. External power, rule, pressure, and influence seem more useful, but when connected … Continue reading Free Speech in Society and in the Church
The following is an edited partial transcript of a youtube “sermon” against racial injustice by LCMS pastor Matthew Ryan González of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, The Bronx, New York, posted on LutheransForRacialJustice.com. His church website states: “he serves as the chair of the Atlantic District Conference Committee and as a member of Atlantic District Task … Continue reading Lutherans for Racial Justice”: LCMS Pastor Calls for a New Gospel
Activism, protests, and legalism To be racist is said to be the greatest sin in our world—even greater than murder—and if you don’t say the correct three word magic phrase today—you are labeled as such. But words do have meaning and should be more than a political tool and symbol for outrage at perceived injustice. … Continue reading Guilt and Reddress