Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Did she go to Fort Wayne?

You know the calumny cast upon my bemonocled brethren of the Fort Wayne seminary, and even upon us poloshirted CSL grads of a self-consciously confessional bent: they come in, change everything in a heartbeat, castigate the people for not being Lutheran enough, and then when everybody leaves they blame it on God and say that a smaller congregations indicates greater faithfulness.

I have not actually met anyone who has ever told me that a smaller congregation is an indication of faithfulness (though I have seen pastors rather relieved to say goodbye to a parishioner or two who could not play well with others), so I had begun to doubt that such people really existed. I doubt no more. I finally found a church leader who has come right out and said that the losses in membership happening under their watch are a sign of greater faithfulness.

HT: Fr. Lee (CTS)

+HRC (CSL)

5 comments:

  1. So "prunning" only happens so Liberal Churches cand be rid of those nasty Conservatives so they can become even more apostate?

    Logic sound as a seive!

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  2. I thought it was her vestments

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  3. "We need to welcome the gifts of those who come from different places." Unless, of course, those people deviate from the dogma of the U.S. Democratic Party.

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  4. I find it odd that the Holy Spirit is always doing 'new' things in "churches" where they have tossed the Word of God overboard.

    But nobody ever taught these wrongheaded folks that the Spirit doesn't do anything to contradict Holy Scripture.

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  5. POST ~ "We need to welcome the gifts of those who come from different places."

    RIPOSTE ~ "Unless, of course, those people deviate from the dogma of the U.S. Democratic Party."

    RE:RIPOSTE ~ But then again, does the Gottesdienst Crowd really want to welcome yet another "Old Glory" gift for the chancel, from those people clinging to the dogma of the U.S. Country-Club set as something sacred?

    Politics, in essence, is the art of a compromised dividing or apportioning of temporal goods. The Lord's business is not at all concerned with such things (Lk 12:14), no matter what party animal happens to be pinned to one's lapel.

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