Archive for November 6th, 2013

This is a photo from a Washington Post article about an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America pastor, the Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber which you can link here.  Perusing her sermons, they seem to be confessional Lutheran, but she denies basic doctrine like marriage between men and women and the Atonement, so she simply can not be a confessional  Lutheran. She is quite the showperson.  She is unconventional to say the least and she is foul-mouthed.

If you can get past the tatoos, the foul language  etc,, the real problem with a heretic is not on the surface.  The word “heresy” comes from a Greek word meaning “to choose”:  to choose the doctrines and practices I want, not what the Lord wills and has written in His Book.

The following is a quote from Rev. Bolz-Weber on her blog  regardng the Holy Week liturgy at her congregation: “… having Friday experienced the death of God on the cross on which hung the savior of the whole world”. The post article refers to social liberals “experiencing Jesus.”  Back in a Missouri Synod Junior College,  in the 70’s, a football player had a poster with, “I used to get high on drugs now I get high on Jesus”.  Sounded to me like smoking Jesus!  Experiencing God,  sounds so religious, spiritual. . What’s wrong with that statement about “experiencing the death of God”? This coming Holy Week, will we once again “experience the death of God on the cross”? Like we are suppose to be so gathered saying Ommm, or What a rush! (I show my age!) This seems to suggest that God is “re-sacrificed” every year and then we “experience” it. This is like the Roman Catholic theology of the ‘sacrifice’ of the Mass.The Bible is clear:   He died ONCE for all ( Romans 6:10Hebrews 7:27Hebrews 9:26;  1 Peter 3:18).  Rev. Bolz-Weber’s art of confusion, her heresy, is the clever liturgical dodge. This liberal pietistic liturgy sidesteps totally the Word of God, the Word from the Cross, preceded by the Lord’s just Word of judgment: it dodges the judgment of sinners for an “experience”.  Pietism centers ourselves on ourselves as the  place of religious ‘salvation’, not on the Word of God, the Word of Law and Promise, the Word from the Cross.  It then “delivers” an experience. Religious experience dodges the cost of the Atonement and the only way the Lord puts us in contact with His salvation is through the Word and Sacraments, not through a religious show, be it the Pope at a football stadium or the hordes hearing the latest televangelist. False liturgy is false doctrine.  She and many Christians pick and choose the doctrines they like and are deceived and deceive.  When we say  have no sin, and then we deceive ourselves (1 John 1:8).  

Rev. Bolz-Weber is the newest flavor in the religious market, along with the Rick Warrens, Joel Osteens and the like.  She appeals to the liberals and others to the conservative, others to the middle of the road.   The New Testament speaks to all of  this:

“For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ.”  (2 Corinthians 2: 17)

The Greek word of “peddlers” also has the connotation of “huckster”, packaging the Gospel instead of the honest preaching and living of the Word.

“…preach the word; be ready in season and out of season;reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. 3 For the time is coming when people will not endures sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.”– 2 Timothy 4: 2-4

Myths like “experiencing God’s death” and the like.  The Greek for “itching ears” is ” ears wanted to be tickled” as in the cliche, You tickle my fancy.  False doctrine appeals to our passions, our base desires.  There is only path: “Preach the Word”, with all sobriety. 

One of the articles refers to the reverend’s “fans”: remember the word “fan” is from “fanatic”.  There is too much fanaticism in these days.  Sobriety is more than  not getting drunk.  The problem is I can make this stuff up all too easily according to me: we all can or buy  into someone who has.  Heretics stand over God’s Word, not under it.  It is lawlessness. 

The Epistle reading for this coming Sunday (11/10/13, 2 Thessalonians 2: 1-6; 8-13) both warns and encourages the Church, from a portion of the lection:

For the mystery of  lawlessness is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way. 8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth and bring to nothing by the appearance of his coming.

But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the first fruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth. 14 To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter.

16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father,who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, 17 comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.

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