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The stones themselves would cry out…

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The stones themselves would cry out…

    Here I Stand

    Here I Stand

    We are Lutherans — this is not something we hide. Neither do we hide the problems in our church body (in fact, we highlight them on this very podcast). However, that we recognize there are problems does not mean that we intend to leave. We remember our Confirmation Oath and we take it seriously:

    Do you intend to continue steadfast in this confession and Church and to suffer all, even death, rather than fall away from it?

    We each answered "Yes." to this question, at different times and in different congregations, but in the same Synod and in the same faith. We intend to remain steadfast to the end, come what may. Our Lutheran forebears have suffered much through the centuries for the truth of God's Word — persecution by pope and emperor, the Thirty Years' War (including the siege and sack of Magdeburg), suspicion and hostility from the State, the abiding interest of Satan and his minions, et cetera —, and we will follow in their footsteps if God wills it.

    It is our firm conviction that Lutheranism is the correct teaching of God's truth. In this episode, we (briefly) cover our reasons for becoming and remaining Lutheran, and we make clear that we are not going anywhere. We will fight for our Synod, because she is worth defending.

    "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life."

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    Show Notes

    Christian Basics: The Solae [YouTube]

    "An Outsider Visits a Lutheran Church" [YouTube]

    "An Outsider Talks With a Lutheran Theologian (What do Lutherans Believe?)" [YouTube]

    "Is Lutheranism the True Catholic Church? (and other stuff with a Lutheran Theologian)" [YouTube]

    See Also

    "The Large CRTechism"

    "Theology is Too Important to Be Left to the Experts"

    Review of the Contents of the 'Annotated' Large Catechism [YouTube]

    • 1 hr 42 min
    Perfect Hatred

    Perfect Hatred

    As Christians, we are required to affirm the whole counsel of God — and that particularly includes those parts that the modern world would prefer to ignore, or even to condemn. We are told that love is a matter of permissiveness and that Christians must not — cannot — hate. But is that what Scripture says about the matter?

    The numbers certainly tell a different story. For Scripture certainly speaks of love:

    αγαπη ('love') — 115, NT; 15, LXX

    αγαπαω ('to love') — 143, NT; 213, LXX

    αγαπησις ('loving') — 0, NT; 8, LXX

    αγαπητος ('beloved') — 61, NT; 17, LXX

    but it just as certainly speaks of hate:

    μισεω ('to hate') — 40, NT; 143, LXX

    μισος ('hate') — 0, NT; 11, LXX

    μισητος ('hateful, hated') — 0, NT; 4 LXX

    εχθρα ('enmity') — 6, NT; 15, LXX

    εχθρος ('hostile') — 32, NT; 320, LXX

    We dare not attempt to be more righteous than God, and we dare not call anything God does or commands wicked. "Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!" If God says to hate, then it is our duty to understand what we must hate, and (if possible) why.

    He, who does not hate, does not love.

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    Show Notes




    See Also

    "Marquart on The Question of Procedure in Theological Controversies" {Be like this man.}

    "The Myth of “Righteous Anger” What the Bible says about Human Anger" {Not like this one.}

    "God's Mandate for Righteous Anger" [PDF]

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Amongst the Ashes

    Amongst the Ashes

    Despair is never the correct response. We live in the ashes of Christendom, and the fires are still burning. Our forefathers were faithless and we now suffer the — accelerating — consequences. However, God has clearly promised that He will relent of whatever disaster He has purposed if a nation will return to Him:

    If at any time I declare concerning a nation or a kingdom, that I will pluck up and break down and destroy it, and if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I intended to do to it. And if at any time I declare concerning a nation or a kingdom that I will build and plant it, and if it does evil in my sight, not listening to my voice, then I will relent of the good that I had intended to do to it.

    There is only one solution to the problems we face, because all Truth is One. The answer is not rolling back the clock a decade, two decades, fifty years, a century, because the rot set in long before that. The answer lies in returning to the Lord God, reading and believing His Word, and pulling out of the dive in which we find ourselves before we hit the ground at terminal velocity. We must choose between the faithlessness of our forefathers and the faithfulness of our ancestors, and everything hangs in the balance.

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    Show Notes

    "Crisis over the Atlantic: The near crash of Air Transat flight 236"

    See Also

    13th Amendment

    Magnus Hirschfeld

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Speaking the Truth Plainly

    Speaking the Truth Plainly

    Some subjects are more important than others. No amount of discussing the best color to paint a room is likely to endanger the souls of anyone participating in the discussion or just listening to it, but the same cannot be said of discussion of doctrine and theology.

    When we handle the things of God, we are duty bound to be careful, to be clear, and to be true. Needless wrangling over terms and technicalities seldom benefits and often harms.

    But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless. As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned.

    However, as Christians, we do have a duty to speak of God and His truth. In almost all cases, simple is best. Speak the truth, in season and out. And, of course, know when to hold your tongue.

    Let a fool hold his tongue and he will pass for a sage.

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    Show Notes

    "Christ is physically, substantially, sacramentally present in, with, and under the bread and the wine in the Supper — as He promises."

    Epitome of the Formula of Concord: The Lord's Supper (Read ¶¶ 6–7.)

    See Also

    "Would you deny Real Presence to escape the jaws of beasts?"

    "On the Duty of Christian Teachers"

    • 1 hr 43 min
    Paywalling God

    Paywalling God

    Who owns the words of Scripture? Does rearranging them change the answer?

    We Christians living in the West have inherited a copyright — really, an entire 'intellectual property' — regime that rests upon a number of premises, presumptions, presuppositions. It is contended that authors, et al., benefit from the regime. Do they? It is contended that creativity and productivity are incentivized by the regime. Are they?

    Even if the contentions that undergird the present copyright regime are, arguendo, true, does that mean that it is morally permissible to subject theological works (at least the sound ones) to the strictures of such system?

    What is the purpose of copyright?

    What is the purpose of theology?

    Are these compatible?

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    Show Notes

    See Also

    • 1 hr 32 min
    Neglected Matters: Shaking off the Dust, Usury, Woman and Work, Head Coverings

    Neglected Matters: Shaking off the Dust, Usury, Woman and Work, Head Coverings

    In a sense, there are no minor doctrines in Scripture. It is only in relation to major, central doctrines (e.g., Atonement, Justification), that any Scriptural doctrine can be termed 'minor'. However, the Word of God is abundantly clear:

    2 Timothy 3:16–17 (ESV):

    »16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.«

    There is no room in the Christian life for ignoring — and particularly not for rejecting — anything in Scripture. What God has spoken is true, for God is Truth. Those who would abandon any doctrine risk losing the whole — and their souls with it.

    Neglect does not an adiaphoron make.

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    Show Notes

    Christian Head Coverings

    Original Sin and the Nature of Man

    See Also

    NOW Statement of Purpose

    Overton Window

    • 1 hr 54 min

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