I was conversing with my mother-in-law today about a parish nearby their home. The pastor apparently went to visit California and the Crystal Cathedral and came back to his parish with all sorts of new ideas! The result? Several families left the church, not for other LC-MS churches, but for baptist and non-denominational. See what happens when people do not find anything different between a Lutheran service and theology and Baptist theology? The point is, this is one of those stories that never gets told. What stories do we constantly hear about? The ones where an orthodox pastor comes into the congregation like a “bull in a china shop” and “destroys” the parish, dividing it this way and that. He is always the “big-bad-wolf” who is more concerned about doctrinally pure worship and teaching (like, um, King Josiah) than he is about peoples’ feelings. Just once I would like to hear a District President at a Conference or Convention use his time to tell stories about wacked-out, fruit-cake pastors come into a decent congregation and divide it because of their FALSE teaching and practice. And then I’d like to hear them tell a few stories about doctrinally concerned pastors who come in and the church becomes stronger because of the purity of his teaching and practice.
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