I seriously doubt that anyone in the LC-MS would take God’s command in Genesis to “be fruitful and multiply” as a blanket command meaning that everyone, regardless of their marital status, should be having sex, should be “multiplying.” Outside of marriage, sex is considered fornication. Within marriage, it is a good and holy thing, the fruit of which is new life.
So why do we automatically apply Christ’s commands to His disciples to preach the Gospel and forgive sins to every Christian, regardless of his or her Stand (vocation/estate). Don’t these commands assume the institution of the Holy Ministry just as God’s command in Genesis assumes marriage? Sure, Christ wants every Christian to bear witness to Him in their daily life, as if anyone who believed could stop themselves from telling others about the great news of the resurrection, but does He want everyone to preach and to forgive sins in His name? Not unless they are pastors.
“Preach the Gospel…but get ordained first!” Maybe we should get this imprinted on pens or T-shirts or something (and then we could put “In honor of Oscar Feucht” at the bottom in small print).