One assumes that a certain publication that the 2nd commandment forbids me to name, but which you can see here for yourselves,(PDF) thinks of themselves as part of a synod-wide conversation. Because the alternative is that they are circularizing the synod in support of a candidate, in defiance of bylaw 3.12.1.(e).
So, let me join the conversation for just a moment. Pr. Wilken already chimed in with his $2 worth (Pr. Wilken’s opinion being worth far more than my own $.02). Here is my response to what was said :
“But in the LCMS I know so well, those are exceptions in the extreme. And since it is not my place to address those situations as an ecclesiastical supervisor”
Because I am not my brother’s keep, and bear no responsibility for his actions. (Genesis 4:9, Glatins 6:1)
“Some of Harrison’s supporters have even gone so far as to say, “Nowhere in the Bible are we told to grow.” While that might be literally true, these supporters lack significant understanding of both the intent of the Gospel and the history of the church.”
I thought I remember seeing something in our confessions (which, one assumes, shows clearly the intent of the Gospel and is arguably part of the history of the church) about “The Holy Spirit creates faith where and when he wills.” It’s not us that does it. I also remember Paul talking about how we plant and water but … oh, the mind fails, now I can’t remember who gives the growth.
Also, he confuses growth with numerical growth. The two are far different animals. You keep a dog as a pet, you cook a hot dog. You see, adding a word makes for a very different thing. If you can’t see that, then please don’t invite me over for “dogs on the grill”. Growth can actually include numerical shrink. (John 6:67)
I agree, it is appalling to me that Pr. Harrison receives sinners, and eats with them, but to be honest, if that’s the best you can do in attacking him, you might want to try not attacking him. It puts him in pretty good company. And this is about the company he keeps.
“I’d love to hear him say that one of the things we need to watch out for is that in biting and chewing on one another we might just devour one another.”
Apprently, you have not actually read anything he has written. Like, for example, “It’s time”. I recommend it. Look at the entire first page. Pretty much says what you said. With stories, examples, and statistics.
“I’d also like to hear him say that the political blood sport with its character assassination and reputation-besmirching accusations and innuendo so common in our nation’s politics has no place in God’s church.”
See previous paragraph.
I’d like to hear him say that when the work of many people over several years with significant input from leaders and delegates is presented to the delegates, their proposals should be taken at face value and given a fair hearing.
I agree. I assume he means the 71 resolutions printed in the Workbook, calling for either rejection of, or more time to consider the BRTFSSG proposals. Would 62% of the Districts count? Or how about 17 circuits? Maybe two District Presidents, who have gone on record against most of hte proposals? At what point will he take those proposals at face value and give them a fair hearing? Because the floor committee obviously didn’t.
I’d like to hear him say that this is the proper course of action because this is the kind of treatment and respect our brothers and sisters in Christ deserve.
Well, I agree with that. I think the floor committee has some ‘splainin to do.
As for his argument that the company he keeps is suspect because some of it is “angry and bitter”, and that we should stop “Regularly assailing the character of President Keischnick, District Presidents and others”, I agree. So I assume he will print a retraction for calling fellow members of the synod “angry and bitter”.
As for the part about bad company, I will say that it could be far worse. He could hang out with me. Now THAT would be a disgrace. The only ones who want anything to do with this poor miserable sinner are Mrs. Forest (who loves me, she really really loves me!) and the Lord, who for some unknown reason, called me to preach and teach his word.
Which means, I should probably get a good night’s rest, so I can do just that.