The latest email of LCMS e-news contains a headline that says “COP eyes ‘harmony and trust’, OKs proposed alternate route (to ordination – JL)”
We will never have “harmony and trust” as long as we have a church-within-a-church. Jack Cascione and Herman Otten and their little disciples will see to that. They are little worms that will eat into any good intentions and ministries that come out of the LC-MS. I just read a comment on the Christian News website that went to the effect of “I never realized all this was going on in the Missouri Synod”. And thus we have another proselyte. Missouri has been infected with a spirit of divisiveness that will not go away as long as there is power to be had.
I witnessed the naked power-grabbing at the Pittsburgh convention when Al Barry was elected over the incumbent. As a delegate, I was subjected to, and sickened by, the demagoguery that was exercised by the “other side”. Since then I have known several pastors that worship at the altar of Confessionalism and several that don’t. The ones that do adhere to that cause are invariably consumed by it, manipulative toward it’s aims and dismissive of anything that comes out of St. Louis. I have to wonder how they can face themselves in the mirror in the morning. If they look at what they and the national movement are doing, they can’t help but see that it is a naked attempt at power. They are still smarting over Jerry Kieschnick’s gaining the presidency over “their boy” and President Kieschnicks successful attempts at gradually excising their adherents from their blocking positions within the hierarchy of the LC-MS. After all the money that has been spent on the specious lawsuits, both advancing and defending, you can be sure that even more will be spent by the “confessionals” to try and unseat President Kieschnick in the Houston convention. How much good would that money do in the Mission budget?
But that question will never cause any loss of sleep among the “confessionals”. They are completely self-justified in contending for the faith. If they would only look at the fruits they are producing.
The COP has waved another red flag in their face by their discussion of an alternate means of ordination. I can see the “confusionals” hair standing straight up on that one. I wish the LC-MS would go the next measure and allow the ordination of women. I can remember my dad, who was baptized and confirmed by J. W. Behnken no less, and educated at Trinity Lutheran day school in Houston, talking about the teachers he had at Trinity. The notable thing to me among the names, Teacher Schulz, Teacher Schroeder, et al, is that they were ALL MEN! That was the way it was done in der Alte Kirche. No women were going to usurp power over our men, by crackies, no matter how young they were. Then when men quit going into the teaching ministry, the LC-MS somehow found a way to get away from that old practice and start allowing women into the classroom. We somehow survived that diminution of practice. We will somehow survive the placing of women in the pastoral office. We either will or face hundreds of empty pulpits and dwindling congregations.