Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Sacerdotalists Taking Over The LCMS!

It has come to the attention of the Editors of Gottesdienst that Sacerdotalists are taking over in the Missouri Synod! The chief culprit appears to be one Phil Schwartzerdt who, in official testimony before the governing authorities, was heard to say, "But if ordination be understood as applying to the ministry of the Word, we are not unwilling to call ordination a sacrament. For the ministry of the Word has God's command and glorious promises, Rom. 1:16: The Gospel is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth. Likewise, Is. 55:11: So shall My Word be that goeth forth out of My mouth; it shall not return unto Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please. 12] If ordination be understood in this way, neither will we refuse to call the imposition of hands a sacrament. For the Church has the command to appoint ministers, which should be most pleasing to us, because we know that God approves this ministry, and is present in the ministry [that God will preach and work through men and those who have been chosen by men].13] And it is of advantage, so far as can be done, to adorn the ministry of the Word with every kind of praise against fanatical men, who dream that the Holy Ghost is given not through the Word, but because of certain preparations of their own, if they sit unoccupied and silent in obscure places, waiting for illumination, as the Enthusiasts formerly taught, and the Anabaptists now teach."

Not only does this Hyper-Euro (our sources say that he is actually from Europe) Schwartzerdt consider ordination to be a Sacrament - he even had this to say about hierarchs: "But this is their opinion, that the power of the Keys, or the power of the bishops, according to the Gospel, is a power or commandment of God, to preach the Gospel, to remit and retain sins, and to administer Sacraments. 6] For with this commandment Christ sends forth His Apostles, John 20:21 sqq.: As My Father hath sent Me, even so send I you. Receive ye the Holy Ghost. Whosesoever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whosesoever sins ye retain, they are retained. 7] Mark 16:15: Go preach the Gospel to every creature." 

Again: "To this we answer that it is lawful for bishops or pastors to make ordinances that things be done orderly in the Church." 

Bishops and pastors sent by God with power to make ordinances! Ha! What a Romanist! And indeed here is the proof, note his signature upon the foul work of one of his Papist friends, one "Father" Martin: "I, Philip Schwartzerdt, also regard the above articles as right and Christian. But regarding the Pope I hold that, if he would allow the Gospel, his superiority over the bishops which he has otherwise, is conceded to him by human right also by us, for the sake of peace and general unity of those Christians who are also under him, and may be under him hereafter."

And now here is the "cup of grace" (as those Hyper-Euro Frenchies say): this Schwartzerdt is a layman! But there is no record of him ever attending a voters' assembly, so what kind of layman could he really be?

We are sad to report that this Schwartzerdtian-Sacerdotalist influence has reached such a pitch in the Missouri Synod that a very high percentage of her pastors have actually taken (secret?) oaths to uphold the very words quoted here from the pen of Schwartzerdt! Will no one stop this? 

17 comments:

  1. Well, thank God for Christian News and their fearless defense!

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  2. "calling Doctors Howard, Fine and Vehse, er, I mean Howard"

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    1. Doc Vehse, er ... Howard ... has returned his page:

      Howard S. Anders, A.M., M.D.: "The Progress of the Individual Cup Movement, Especially Among the Churches." Journal of the American Medical Association 29:789-794, 1897

      "Common cups are not in accord with common sense, common courtesy or common sympathy." (p. 794).

      Neither is a crucified God (1 Cor 1:23; see also v. 27).

      That's why protestant churches, in the main, banish both from their altars. For the chalice and the crucifix make no sense.

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    2. Doc Howie continues and hints broadly:

      "Our own AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (sic) would certainly give great impetus to this sanitary reform by giving it official sanction and recommendation." Journal of the American Medical Association 29:789-794, 1897; p. 794

      Oh, why not? The AMA House of Delegates of this our age just recently declared obesity to be a disease ... which means that, according to BMI criterion, Shaq O'Neill at his prime should have been encouraged to undergo a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass.

      You've heard of Chagas' Disease? Brace yourselves for "Chalice Disease," or maybe even "Oblationosis."

      Your (unworthy) servant,
      Herr Doktor

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  3. It has also been reported that this Romanist and his cronies go so far as to say, On this matter we have given frequent testimony in this assembly to our deep desire to maintain the church polity and various ranks in the church [gradus in ecclesia], even though they were created by human authority. We know that the Fathers had good and useful reasons for instituting ecclesiastical discipline in the manner described by the ancient canons.

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  4. I was labelled a Hyper-Euro Sacerdotalist long before it became cool to be labelled a Hyper-Euro Sacerdotalist.

    But now that Cwirla is crying all over the place about Cascione's latest rants it is suddenly cool.

    It's not fair.

    I don't even wear a pink chasuble on pink chasuble Sundays.

    ;)

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    1. Don't worry, Paul. I'm sure they have a special place just for you. :-)

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    2. Indeed, Christian News has declared me the unelected ruler of The LCMS.

      It looks great on my business card.

      ;)

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    3. Editor-in-Chief? Editorissimo? General Editor? Supreme Editor? Preditor? Lord High ChancelEditor?

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    4. "Indeed, Christian News has declared me the unelected ruler of The LCMS." -- Rev. McCain

      And surely flaunting those ever-fearsome "euro" centimeters, correct?

      "Editor-in-Chief? Editorissimo? General Editor? Supreme Editor? Preditor? Lord High ChancelEditor?" -- Rev. Fr. Beane

      Pretty good, but I'm putting my bet on "Irish Chancel-lor of the X-chequer," Paddy.

      The position "Chancel-lor of the X-Distribution" being something entirely different, and entirely called for.

      Your (unworthy) servant,
      Herr Doktor

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  5. That Schwartzerdt. Always good for a laugh. I heard that he had he was hiding behind the a few prominent laymen when they presented this stuff to the CCM, and let them take the heat for it.

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  6. I aspire to be labeled as a Hyper-Euro by Jack before I die. I might have to try harder though. Got the chanting down - I even use medieval Gregorian antiphons for the introit. Cassock, Surplice, and Stole - Check. Communion every Sunday - Check. Genuflection at the consecration - Check. Consume the reliquia - Check.

    But no chasuble, incense, or bells yet. So is that hyper or just energetic?

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    1. "Consume the reliquia - Check"

      You eat butterflies? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reliquia

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    2. Martin: It's not about all that silly stuff, it's all about the Voters' Assembly. If you remotely suggest that the Voters' Assembly is not divinely instituted and the source of the congregation's doctrine, yes, even the source of its Eucharist, you are a hyper-Euro-sacder-do-dah-do-dah-whatchmacallit.

      Just so you know.

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    3. The Gottesdienst Pal

      "Got the chanting down - I even use medieval Gregorian antiphons for the introit. Cassock, Surplice, and Stole - Check. Communion every Sunday - Check. Genuflection at the consecration - Check. Consume the reliquia - Check. But no chasuble, incense, or bells yet. So is that hyper or just energetic?"

      Choose one!

      A. Given the incomplete character, it's only hyper-Gallic.

      B. Given Old Glory in the sanctuary and the collapse of the Fed, it's gotta be hypo-Dollar.

      C. As a blue-jeaned and polo'd cleric in the sanctuary, I would say it's hypomanic.

      D. As a cleric wielding Christian Worship, I would say it's hypo-human-ic.

      E. As a Concordia U. follower of Richard Dawkins and E.O. Wilson, I would say it's Australopithecus afarensic.

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    4. Oh, believe you me, I know, Paul. I have had the "distinct pleasure" of being lectured by Jack on the subject.

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  7. Dress for sacerdotal success... that's my motto!

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