The LC-MS, Newtown, and staying on message (K.I.S.S. version)

04 Mar

Maybe I am just naïve and idealistic, but it seems to me that if we would simply say that pastors asked to attend prayer vigils like those in Newton might dare, in Christian freedom, to offer to bring an uncompromisingly clear Gospel message (where Jesus is not a way but they way and others are not)…

a)      Luke 13:1-5 (yesterday’s text) is released to speak in contemporary circumstances (relevant!)

b)      We might get a chance to help a lot of people in our Synod and culture who are confused about the radical nature of the Gospel’s claims begin to understand them.

c)      We could all start to think more critically about what it means to be a courageous witness – which means really loving one’s neighbor.

d)      We could get the focus off us poor fighting sinners in the LC-MS…

e)      …and we could put the focus on the only message that brings us true life, hope, and comfort throughout our lives…

f)       …and get any outsiders interested in our controversy talking about the Gospel which will be power for salvation to some and a message of stumbling to many!

This is a condensed summary of a longer piece I wrote on this issue.  See here for the longer version, with more context, explanation, and detail – and attempts to meet anticipated questions and objections.

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