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Archive for July, 2009
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, on health care legislation : “We’re on schedule to do it now or do it whenever”
Technically, that means that there is NO schedule.
Adiophorists (sounds better than libertines) go on and on about “Christian liberty” as if they are free to do anything. (As an extreme example I once suggested to a congregation – not the congregation I serve – that because scripture doesn’t specifically forbid it, perhaps we should have pastors go to strip clubs and sit around handing out pamphlets. They thought it was a good idea. Obviously my wife was not so much in favor. I didn’t suggest that pastors should frequent prostitutes and pay them for their time to hear the Gospel. Not sure how they would have responded to that one, but I’m pretty sure I know what my wife would say.)
This libertinism usually manifests itself in the liturgy. This inability to defend the historic liturgy, even though our confessions “religiously defend” it, has left us open to attacks of sectarianism from those who have left the fold for the greener pastures of Rome and Constantinople (they don’t realize that the grass over there has just been painted on – it doesn’t exist. The sometimes withering grass of Missouri is still better than the green painted dirt of the heretic bodies).
Anyway, my point is this : Those who prattle on about “freedom” as if they were in a Mel Brooks Gibson movie clearly have not actually read FC X on adiaphora. This article is quite clearly about those things which – though neither commanded nor prohibited – have become so because of our opponents, and are therefore no longer free. So we are not free to change the liturgy because we think it is cool, especially when the Baptists say, “The only way you can grow is to adapt to the bankrupt culture which surrounds you.” (Which they do say) The only confessional response we can give to that is “Perhaps, all things being equal we might have been able to change the liturgy (not likely, see UAC XXIV) but because you now cast doubt on the efficacy of the word of God to accomplish God’s will without human intervention, we can not change one jot or tittle.” We use that same argument against them in the matter of immersion baptism – which is odd, because they already reject our baptismal practice because we baptize infants. Yet, in “Christian liberty” we are bound to baptize in a manner which they reject, so that they can see that our liberty will not be curtailed by them. Similarly, if the Roman church were to say, “You must not have walk-in baptisteries” then we would have to turn around and build them, simply to show the errorists that we are free to do just that – and in that freedom are now bound to use them.
So when someone says, “If you want your church to grow, you have to ditch the liturgy” – which liturgy we “religiously defend”, we must therefore say, “Now I will not change one note, one word, one syllable, and you will see that, in my freedom, now forced to do what you denounce, God will still accomplish his will.
This should be required reading for all pastoral candidates.
Dr. Marquardt’s article on “Liturgical Commonplaces”, written in 1978, already foresaw all of the liturgical problems which we face today.
If you haven’t read it, it is worth your time. (And it doesn’t take too much of that.)
Sick this week, so I’m ‘working’ from home. Nothing really profound to say.
We are now so ignorant and blind and itchy that everyone’s got to make his own Mission statement. A Mission statement is a hoax if somebody doesn’t send you there. To send yourself there is not a Mission statement, it’s a self-willed program that you’ve chosen.
Today’s quote comes from Pr. Ziegler’s sermon yesterday :
“The church doesn’t work if Jesus isn’t in the boat.”
And doesn’t that just about sum up every church controversy/heresy since the Judaizers?
This is very quickly becoming one of my favorite quotes of all time.