While I was thinking about the testing the water post below, I thought that maybe some would call the water lukewarm. I think that the church militant has become lukewarm.
Jesus commanded us to fight against the powers of darkness in this world. Darkness can appear within the heads of churches and synodical offices. During the time of the reformation Luther fought the powers of the office the papacy of
The hooded bounty hunters were sent out to silence this writer from
The Church and papacy even fought the use of the printing press because then the mass would know. So too today suspend the authors of the journal and shut down the discussion on the blogs.
The lukewarm apathy towards doctrine, practice, and double standards should be rooted out. Questionable practices must be questioned. Yet the fear for each pastor has become if I remain Confessional those in charge won’t approve.
It was suggested that I look at Prof. Brenner’s recent essay. He does an excellent job of outlining how the church militant has struggled for truth and purity through its history.
He concludes his thoughts by recognizing that the church is struggling with theological issues involving fellowship, church and ministry, and the role of men and women. These are the very same items I have brought forth with specific examples.
Strength lies in teaching and preaching Christ crucified. Not turning a blind eye while a wing nut spins out of control.
The word of the day in the world is “tolerance.” We must tolerate the alternative lifestyle. We must tolerate that stray pastor and that wing nut of ideas. Yet the rank and file in the pew want and need to hear Christ crucified. Tell me when has the rank and file ask for the blended approach to worship or when did they say stop using the creeds? We must tolerate pure doctrine and practice!
So what is the answer? The church must gather around the Word and holy sacraments. We should look to the Confessions rather than Leonard Sweet. Those in the preaching office must realize their calling and take hold of this office. Carrying the cross is difficult and painful. But we can rest assured that our Lord says a remnant shall remain. We have the confidence to stay vigil. With that then the lukewarm tide waters of apathy can be turned.
Matthew 10:34 Jesus said "Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. 35 For I have come to 'set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law'; 36 and 'a man's enemies will be those of his own household.' 37 He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 38 And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. NKJ
1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. NKJ
2 Timothy 2:2 And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. 3 You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. NKJ
Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. NKJ