Nail your theses onto this blog

In honor of Reformation Day on Sunday, let’s make our own theses for the Reformation of today’s church and post them not on a church door but, in accord with our new information technology, here on this blog.

A thesis is ONE SENTENCE, stating a position you would be willing to defend.

I will start, posting some sentences, one per comment, drawing on a couple of my recent rants.

I am aware that some people will have different opinions and that some of the theses might contradict each other. That’s OK.

Let’s discuss them not on this thread, which would mess up the numeric order of our theses, but on the post below, put together just for that purpose.

Let’s see if we can come up with at least 95. If we have 613, that’s fine too.

So what do you think needs to be said to help get contemporary Christianity straightened out? Let’s get this Reformation going.

[UPDATE:  We are getting away from the one sentence rule.  Also, don't hijack this post for old arguments!  I'm moving some of these to the discussion post below.  We have some great material here, so let's keep going in that vein.  We passed Martin Luther in quantity of theses by the end of the noon hour!  UPDATE:  I am deleting comments that aren't theses and that violate the rules I have set up for this post.]

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Gene Veith

    The Prosperity Gospel is not the Gospel.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Gene Veith

    The Prosperity Gospel is not the Gospel.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Gene Veith

    The Social Gospel, whether of the Left or the Right, is not the Gospel.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Gene Veith

    The Social Gospel, whether of the Left or the Right, is not the Gospel.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Gene Veith

    God is not an abstraction or an idea or a transcendent being looking down on the world from on high; rather, He is incarnate.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Gene Veith

    God is not an abstraction or an idea or a transcendent being looking down on the world from on high; rather, He is incarnate.

  • SKPeterson

    Purpose-Driven theology is a manifestation of Pelagianism or semi-Pelagianism.

  • SKPeterson

    Purpose-Driven theology is a manifestation of Pelagianism or semi-Pelagianism.

  • SKPeterson

    The historical reliability of Scripture is greater than other ancient texts; if Jesus did not exist, neither did Aristotle.

  • SKPeterson

    The historical reliability of Scripture is greater than other ancient texts; if Jesus did not exist, neither did Aristotle.

  • SKPeterson

    Contemporary worship and praise music often deprive Christians of sound theology and allow the wolves of heresy, apostasy and false teaching into the fold.

  • SKPeterson

    Contemporary worship and praise music often deprive Christians of sound theology and allow the wolves of heresy, apostasy and false teaching into the fold.

  • Porcell

    Orthodox Christian theologians in the West must work on their theological differences in order to form a coherent and united whole. [ut unum sint] in opposition to dominant secular humanism.

  • Porcell

    Orthodox Christian theologians in the West must work on their theological differences in order to form a coherent and united whole. [ut unum sint] in opposition to dominant secular humanism.

  • Porcell

    America needs to retain the best of modernity while finding a way to return to the religious roots of the best of its founders.

  • Porcell

    America needs to retain the best of modernity while finding a way to return to the religious roots of the best of its founders.

  • Mark Veenman

    Fathers must reclaim their role as “head of the household”.

  • Mark Veenman

    Fathers must reclaim their role as “head of the household”.

  • Anthony Sacramone

    Whoever denies that infants are justified in baptism denies the truth of Jesus’ words in Matthew 19:14.

  • Anthony Sacramone

    Whoever denies that infants are justified in baptism denies the truth of Jesus’ words in Matthew 19:14.

  • Anthony Sacramone

    Whoever teaches that there are many ways to the Father denies the truth of Jesus’ words in John 10:30 and John 14:6.

  • Anthony Sacramone

    Whoever teaches that there are many ways to the Father denies the truth of Jesus’ words in John 10:30 and John 14:6.

  • BW

    The confessional documents of Christians born out of the Reformation provide strong, deep roots to protect against the liberalism of mainline Protestants, the liberalism of the “big box church,” and the emergent movement.

  • BW

    The confessional documents of Christians born out of the Reformation provide strong, deep roots to protect against the liberalism of mainline Protestants, the liberalism of the “big box church,” and the emergent movement.

  • Dan VU

    The New Perspective on Paul (“Federal Vision Theology”) is not the Gospel.

  • Dan VU

    The New Perspective on Paul (“Federal Vision Theology”) is not the Gospel.

  • kerner

    If you are REALLY “just a Bible believing Christian”, you’re Lutheran.

  • kerner

    If you are REALLY “just a Bible believing Christian”, you’re Lutheran.

  • http://www.drunkenkoudou.com/ Stewart Lundy

    In his essence God is unknowable, but God is supremely knowable through his creative energies.

  • http://www.drunkenkoudou.com/ Stewart Lundy

    In his essence God is unknowable, but God is supremely knowable through his creative energies.

  • https://twitter.com/lambertsonline Dave Lambert

    The Bible is God’s Word. When not in conflict with God’s Word, we should respect the teachings and traditions of the Church fathers.

  • https://twitter.com/lambertsonline Dave Lambert

    The Bible is God’s Word. When not in conflict with God’s Word, we should respect the teachings and traditions of the Church fathers.

  • Corey

    In Christ, God is already well pleased with us and our works will not improve our standing before Him, no matter how good they may be.

  • Corey

    In Christ, God is already well pleased with us and our works will not improve our standing before Him, no matter how good they may be.

  • Corey

    God does not need our good works, but our neighbors do.

  • Corey

    God does not need our good works, but our neighbors do.

  • Ash

    Word of Faith/”name it and claim it” teachings, i.e. ‘say these words to get what you want,’ are really just a form of witchcraft.

  • Ash

    Word of Faith/”name it and claim it” teachings, i.e. ‘say these words to get what you want,’ are really just a form of witchcraft.

  • Corey

    To be a Christian is to be a person broken beyond repair miraculously and graciously put back together by the restoration and healing that comes through Christ.

  • Corey

    To be a Christian is to be a person broken beyond repair miraculously and graciously put back together by the restoration and healing that comes through Christ.

  • Tom Hering

    Law and Gospel must be rightly divided from one another in preaching, and the Gospel must (A.) always follow the Law, (B.) always be given the greatest share of time, and (C.) always have the last word.

  • Tom Hering

    Law and Gospel must be rightly divided from one another in preaching, and the Gospel must (A.) always follow the Law, (B.) always be given the greatest share of time, and (C.) always have the last word.

  • http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/Contemporary-English-Version-CEV-Bible/ sg

    Children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward.

  • http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/Contemporary-English-Version-CEV-Bible/ sg

    Children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward.

  • collie

    Faith is a gift from God, and cannot be attained by pious emotion or good works.

  • collie

    Faith is a gift from God, and cannot be attained by pious emotion or good works.

  • larry

    The Scriptures alone reveal God savingly for us, as the forgiveness of sin.

  • larry

    The Scriptures alone reveal God savingly for us, as the forgiveness of sin.

  • larry

    The Scriptures alone are the naked Word of God.

  • larry

    The Scriptures alone are the naked Word of God.

  • larry

    Without the Scriptures (the Word of God) God is not revealed savingly as the forgiveness of sin, whether it is through the use of reason, emotions, senses or experiences, but rather all is revealed wrath, law, death, hell and the devil.

  • larry

    Without the Scriptures (the Word of God) God is not revealed savingly as the forgiveness of sin, whether it is through the use of reason, emotions, senses or experiences, but rather all is revealed wrath, law, death, hell and the devil.

  • larry

    To seek God through the use of reason, emotions, senses or experiences internally or externally particularly or generally without the Scriptures leads not to God but away from God and to death, hell, and the devil.

  • larry

    To seek God through the use of reason, emotions, senses or experiences internally or externally particularly or generally without the Scriptures leads not to God but away from God and to death, hell, and the devil.

  • larry

    In these Scriptures alone witness is born continually in both testaments that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God who takes away the sins of the world and through Whom and by Whom alone is announced the forgiveness of sin.

  • larry

    In these Scriptures alone witness is born continually in both testaments that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God who takes away the sins of the world and through Whom and by Whom alone is announced the forgiveness of sin.

  • larry

    Not only through this living Word is announced or signified the forgiveness of sin but is actually, truly and really given the forgiveness of sin.

  • larry

    Not only through this living Word is announced or signified the forgiveness of sin but is actually, truly and really given the forgiveness of sin.

  • larry

    Not only through this living Word is actually, truly and really given the forgiveness of sin historically 2000+ years ago but today in the ever living present tense and continuously issuing forth.

  • larry

    Not only through this living Word is actually, truly and really given the forgiveness of sin historically 2000+ years ago but today in the ever living present tense and continuously issuing forth.

  • larry

    Not only through this living Word is actually, truly and really given the forgiveness of sin in general but in particular is this forgiveness won for us by Christ on His Cross at Calvary distributed.

  • larry

    Not only through this living Word is actually, truly and really given the forgiveness of sin in general but in particular is this forgiveness won for us by Christ on His Cross at Calvary distributed.

  • larry

    The Gospel is not just a news message of good news, but an active living breath power of God that does what it says.

  • larry

    The Gospel is not just a news message of good news, but an active living breath power of God that does what it says.

  • larry

    Neither the Word of God nor its sacramental means are signs and symbols that point elsewhere to a reality is, but a living and breath Word that says what it means and means what it says and works what it speaks.

  • larry

    Neither the Word of God nor its sacramental means are signs and symbols that point elsewhere to a reality is, but a living and breath Word that says what it means and means what it says and works what it speaks.

  • larry

    Thus, where there is forgiveness of sins, there is life and salvation – this is the Gospel.

  • larry

    Thus, where there is forgiveness of sins, there is life and salvation – this is the Gospel.

  • http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/Contemporary-English-Version-CEV-Bible/ sg

    Teach God’s laws to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

  • http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/Contemporary-English-Version-CEV-Bible/ sg

    Teach God’s laws to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

  • http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/Contemporary-English-Version-CEV-Bible/ sg

    Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.

  • http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/Contemporary-English-Version-CEV-Bible/ sg

    Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.

  • BW

    American Civil Religion, on the right and on the left, is separate from and is not Christianity.

  • BW

    American Civil Religion, on the right and on the left, is separate from and is not Christianity.

  • http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/Contemporary-English-Version-CEV-Bible/ sg

    Pastors must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, having children who believe, not wasteful or rebellious.

  • http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/Contemporary-English-Version-CEV-Bible/ sg

    Pastors must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, having children who believe, not wasteful or rebellious.

  • Paul

    Jesus has paid for your sins.

  • Paul

    Jesus has paid for your sins.

  • BW

    American Civil Religion and its aims are distinct from mission and goals of the church to proclaim Christ crucified and adminster the sacraments.

  • BW

    American Civil Religion and its aims are distinct from mission and goals of the church to proclaim Christ crucified and adminster the sacraments.

  • http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/Contemporary-English-Version-CEV-Bible/ sg

    Schools will prove to be wide gates to hell unless
    they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scriptures, engraving
    them in the hearts of youth.

  • http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/Contemporary-English-Version-CEV-Bible/ sg

    Schools will prove to be wide gates to hell unless
    they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scriptures, engraving
    them in the hearts of youth.

  • kerner

    (Baptism) works forgiveness of sins, delivers from death and the devil, and gives eternal salvation to all who believe this, as the words and promises of God declare.

  • kerner

    (Baptism) works forgiveness of sins, delivers from death and the devil, and gives eternal salvation to all who believe this, as the words and promises of God declare.

  • BW

    Christ will continually care for His people in America no matter the state of morality or the political situation.

  • BW

    Christ will continually care for His people in America no matter the state of morality or the political situation.

  • Larry Wilson

    A worship service is not merely people meeting with each other; above all else, it is the Triune God meeting with his people.

  • Larry Wilson

    A worship service is not merely people meeting with each other; above all else, it is the Triune God meeting with his people.

  • Larry Wilson

    In worship, the Father draws near through the Son by the Holy Spirit working by and with the Word and sacraments to create and strengthen faith; and in which, by the enabling of God’s Word and Spirit, God’s people respond by drawing near in faith to the Father through the mediation and merits of the Son.

  • Larry Wilson

    In worship, the Father draws near through the Son by the Holy Spirit working by and with the Word and sacraments to create and strengthen faith; and in which, by the enabling of God’s Word and Spirit, God’s people respond by drawing near in faith to the Father through the mediation and merits of the Son.

  • kerner

    It is not the water indeed that does (these great things), but the Word of God which is in and with the water, and faith, which trusts such word of God in the water. For without the Word of God the water is simple water and no baptism.

  • kerner

    It is not the water indeed that does (these great things), but the Word of God which is in and with the water, and faith, which trusts such word of God in the water. For without the Word of God the water is simple water and no baptism.

  • http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/Contemporary-English-Version-CEV-Bible/ sg

    Don’t be like a father or a brother who has not followed the Lord and was left to his own foolish devices and downfall.

  • http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/Contemporary-English-Version-CEV-Bible/ sg

    Don’t be like a father or a brother who has not followed the Lord and was left to his own foolish devices and downfall.

  • kerner

    But with the word of God, it is a baptism, that is, a gracious water of life and a washing of regeneration of regeneration in the Holy Ghost, as St. Paul says, Titus, Chapter three: “By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost, which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ, our savior, that, being justified by His grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. This is a faithful saying.”

  • kerner

    But with the word of God, it is a baptism, that is, a gracious water of life and a washing of regeneration of regeneration in the Holy Ghost, as St. Paul says, Titus, Chapter three: “By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost, which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ, our savior, that, being justified by His grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. This is a faithful saying.”

  • philippe

    The works of God, though they may always look evil and have the appearance of being very bad, are yet in fact works of eternal merit. (Isaiah 53: 2-3 and I Sam. 2:6) (from Luther).

  • philippe

    The works of God, though they may always look evil and have the appearance of being very bad, are yet in fact works of eternal merit. (Isaiah 53: 2-3 and I Sam. 2:6) (from Luther).

  • Dan Kempin

    Thesis 50 (more or less):

    Those who posit a thesis that is a quote ought, in good conscience, to cite the source.

  • Dan Kempin

    Thesis 50 (more or less):

    Those who posit a thesis that is a quote ought, in good conscience, to cite the source.

  • http://www.bikebubba.blogspot.com Bike Bubba

    “baptizo” has the primary meaning of “immersion”.

  • http://www.bikebubba.blogspot.com Bike Bubba

    “baptizo” has the primary meaning of “immersion”.

  • http://www.brandywinebooks.net Lars Walker

    The faithful Christian does not bring his preferences to Scripture to find support for them there, but comes to Scripture in humility, beseeching the Spirit of God to enlighten his mind, and submitting his will, by God’s grace, to the plain sense of the text.

  • http://www.brandywinebooks.net Lars Walker

    The faithful Christian does not bring his preferences to Scripture to find support for them there, but comes to Scripture in humility, beseeching the Spirit of God to enlighten his mind, and submitting his will, by God’s grace, to the plain sense of the text.

  • trotk

    Capitalism and socialism (as they are practiced by sinful man) are both equally evil and equally good.

  • trotk

    Capitalism and socialism (as they are practiced by sinful man) are both equally evil and equally good.

  • trotk

    Capitalism and soci@lism (as they are practiced by sinful man) are both equally evil and equally good.

  • trotk

    Capitalism and soci@lism (as they are practiced by sinful man) are both equally evil and equally good.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    Believing in the inerrancy of Scripture does not save you, believing what Jesus Christ says in the inerrant scripture does save you.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    Believing in the inerrancy of Scripture does not save you, believing what Jesus Christ says in the inerrant scripture does save you.

  • jon

    The wedding of doctrine and practice is a scriptural and a confessional principle: words and actions are an outward confession of what is believed in the heart. See Matthew 10:32-33; James 2:18; Romans 10:9; John 13:35; etc.

  • jon

    The wedding of doctrine and practice is a scriptural and a confessional principle: words and actions are an outward confession of what is believed in the heart. See Matthew 10:32-33; James 2:18; Romans 10:9; John 13:35; etc.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    To believe in Jesus Christ, while not believing him when he says infants believe, turns faith into a work you do.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    To believe in Jesus Christ, while not believing him when he says infants believe, turns faith into a work you do.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    The primary meaning of Baptizo as used in the New Testament is not immersion, but wash.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    The primary meaning of Baptizo as used in the New Testament is not immersion, but wash.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    Gospel trumps law, every time.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    Gospel trumps law, every time.

  • http://theobservationtree.blogspot.com Louis

    The Church should turn away from the Culture Wars, and serve the Sacraments and proclaim the Word faithfully.

  • http://theobservationtree.blogspot.com Louis

    The Church should turn away from the Culture Wars, and serve the Sacraments and proclaim the Word faithfully.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    preaching about the gospel, while not proclaiming the gospel, is legalistic preaching, and doctrinal pietism.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    preaching about the gospel, while not proclaiming the gospel, is legalistic preaching, and doctrinal pietism.

  • trotk

    To believe that baptism’s efficiency is derived from the amount of water used rather than the work of Christ supernaturally is to turn baptism into a work that man can do.

  • trotk

    To believe that baptism’s efficiency is derived from the amount of water used rather than the work of Christ supernaturally is to turn baptism into a work that man can do.

  • http://theobservationtree.blogspot.com Louis

    Just as mercy trumps sacrifice, it also trumps social and political agendas.

  • http://theobservationtree.blogspot.com Louis

    Just as mercy trumps sacrifice, it also trumps social and political agendas.

  • LAJ

    As the creator of all life, only God has the right to give and to take life from the womb to the grave.

  • LAJ

    As the creator of all life, only God has the right to give and to take life from the womb to the grave.

  • BW

    The Sacraments are the visible Gospel, not Law.

  • BW

    The Sacraments are the visible Gospel, not Law.

  • Bryan Lindemood

    There is no true Christian mission apart from Word and Sacrament.

  • Bryan Lindemood

    There is no true Christian mission apart from Word and Sacrament.

  • Bryan Lindemood

    Morality is not the Gospel.

  • Bryan Lindemood

    Morality is not the Gospel.

  • Bryan Lindemood

    Prosperity and/or growing a large church budget is not the Gospel.

  • Bryan Lindemood

    Prosperity and/or growing a large church budget is not the Gospel.

  • http://theobservationtree.blogspot.com Louis

    The greatest threat to the Church today, as through most of her history, is not secular humanism, nor Islam, nor liberalism, but the Pelagianism now rife within the ranks of the faithful.

  • http://theobservationtree.blogspot.com Louis

    The greatest threat to the Church today, as through most of her history, is not secular humanism, nor Islam, nor liberalism, but the Pelagianism now rife within the ranks of the faithful.

  • Bryan Lindemood

    Christ builds His Church only for the purpose of our serving poor sinners and delivering them into heaven by the free gift of faith in Him by the forgiveness of sins and every true blessing bestowed through hearing His Word and receiving Baptism once and the Lord’s Supper often.

  • Bryan Lindemood

    Christ builds His Church only for the purpose of our serving poor sinners and delivering them into heaven by the free gift of faith in Him by the forgiveness of sins and every true blessing bestowed through hearing His Word and receiving Baptism once and the Lord’s Supper often.

  • Larry

    “The Gospel is the forgiveness of sins for Christ sake” is not the Gospel, i.e. good news, but a lifeless definition which allows for the way of works to be attached, rather the factual proclamation “Your sin is forgiven for Christ’s sake” is the Gospel proclamation, i.e. good news, to which no way of works can be attached –the conscience of man understand, perceives, appreciates and recognizes the unambiguous difference.

  • Larry

    “The Gospel is the forgiveness of sins for Christ sake” is not the Gospel, i.e. good news, but a lifeless definition which allows for the way of works to be attached, rather the factual proclamation “Your sin is forgiven for Christ’s sake” is the Gospel proclamation, i.e. good news, to which no way of works can be attached –the conscience of man understand, perceives, appreciates and recognizes the unambiguous difference.

  • http://www.mattbredmond.blogspot.com Matt Redmond

    Evangelism is not ‘the’ priority of the church, belief in the gospel is.

  • http://www.mattbredmond.blogspot.com Matt Redmond

    Evangelism is not ‘the’ priority of the church, belief in the gospel is.

  • http://theobservationtree.blogspot.com Louis

    We are not saved by faith in a proposition, but by Christ, through faith.

  • http://theobservationtree.blogspot.com Louis

    We are not saved by faith in a proposition, but by Christ, through faith.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    To “grow a church” first necessitates being church, which means first and foremost, actually preaching the gospel in its truth and purity, and administering the sacraments according to Christ’s institution.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    To “grow a church” first necessitates being church, which means first and foremost, actually preaching the gospel in its truth and purity, and administering the sacraments according to Christ’s institution.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    The gospel is not “go and evangelize”

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    The gospel is not “go and evangelize”

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    For the Gospel to be good news it must first be news. News tells you about something that happened. It does not tell you what to do.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    For the Gospel to be good news it must first be news. News tells you about something that happened. It does not tell you what to do.

  • http://theobservationtree.blogspot.com Louis

    Because the Word says that baptism now saves us, it is clear that it is no mere symbol, and to deny it to oinfants is an attempt to close the doors of the Church to them.

  • http://theobservationtree.blogspot.com Louis

    Because the Word says that baptism now saves us, it is clear that it is no mere symbol, and to deny it to oinfants is an attempt to close the doors of the Church to them.

  • Bryan Lindemood

    The main purpose of the educational institutions of the church is not evangelism, but the vocation of education itself.

  • Bryan Lindemood

    The main purpose of the educational institutions of the church is not evangelism, but the vocation of education itself.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    To deny that the Sacrament of the Altar is truly Christ’s Body and Blood, is to deny that Jesus Christ is God, and to treat his last will and testament with contempt.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    To deny that the Sacrament of the Altar is truly Christ’s Body and Blood, is to deny that Jesus Christ is God, and to treat his last will and testament with contempt.

  • Tom Hering

    Our need today is the same as it was 500 years ago, that is, to understand, accept and proclaim that justification is by grace alone, through faith alone, on account of Christ alone, as revealed in Scripture alone, to the glory of God alone.

  • Tom Hering

    Our need today is the same as it was 500 years ago, that is, to understand, accept and proclaim that justification is by grace alone, through faith alone, on account of Christ alone, as revealed in Scripture alone, to the glory of God alone.

  • http://facebook.com/mesamike Mike Westfall

    Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, Who is not Benny Hinn or Todd Bentley or Patricia King.

  • http://facebook.com/mesamike Mike Westfall

    Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, Who is not Benny Hinn or Todd Bentley or Patricia King.

  • Joe

    The Sacrament of the Alter is the Gospel in physical form.

  • Joe

    The Sacrament of the Alter is the Gospel in physical form.

  • Rev. F. Bischoff

    It’s not true that only Lutherans will go to heaven. It is true that, once in heaven, everyone will be Lutheran.

  • Rev. F. Bischoff

    It’s not true that only Lutherans will go to heaven. It is true that, once in heaven, everyone will be Lutheran.

  • Abby

    Let us remember that all “enlightened” and “postmodern” twisted rational is really nothing but Satan’s Big Lie with which he tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden and is nothing but the Rejection of God’s Word and the Rejection of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

  • Abby

    Let us remember that all “enlightened” and “postmodern” twisted rational is really nothing but Satan’s Big Lie with which he tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden and is nothing but the Rejection of God’s Word and the Rejection of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

  • Abby

    Boldly proclaim God’s Word: it is not humble to be hesitant where God has been clear and plain.

  • Abby

    Boldly proclaim God’s Word: it is not humble to be hesitant where God has been clear and plain.

  • Rich Shipe

    Parents are to disciple their children rather than the state or the church.

  • Rich Shipe

    Parents are to disciple their children rather than the state or the church.

  • Dennis Peskey

    If you truely believe you are holy, go tell that to the Father face to face.

  • Dennis Peskey

    If you truely believe you are holy, go tell that to the Father face to face.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    Doctrine is more important than unity.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    Doctrine is more important than unity.

  • Dennis Peskey

    If you do not believe you’re holy, see a Lutheran pastor. After proper catachesis, attend the Divine Service and not only see God face to face but eat and drink the very body and blood of our Lord.

  • Dennis Peskey

    If you do not believe you’re holy, see a Lutheran pastor. After proper catachesis, attend the Divine Service and not only see God face to face but eat and drink the very body and blood of our Lord.

  • http://jwinters.tumblr.com Jay Winters

    Faith is acquired in the passive and lived in the active. Both passive and active are functions of the Gospel.

  • http://jwinters.tumblr.com Jay Winters

    Faith is acquired in the passive and lived in the active. Both passive and active are functions of the Gospel.

  • Larry

    The Gospel is precisely absolution and this absolution is life and salvation eternal.

  • Larry

    The Gospel is precisely absolution and this absolution is life and salvation eternal.

  • Larry

    To deny that the Sacrament of the Altar is truly Christ’s Body and Blood and pointing one to mount up into heaven is to precisely deny the Gospel, point the path of work and explain the means to work on that path.

  • Larry

    To deny that the Sacrament of the Altar is truly Christ’s Body and Blood and pointing one to mount up into heaven is to precisely deny the Gospel, point the path of work and explain the means to work on that path.

  • Larry

    To say that doctrines concerning the sacraments are not absolutely essential since ‘we are all saved by grace alone anyway’, is to sin against the first, second and third commandments and thus to say, “let us sin that grace may abound”.

  • Larry

    To say that doctrines concerning the sacraments are not absolutely essential since ‘we are all saved by grace alone anyway’, is to sin against the first, second and third commandments and thus to say, “let us sin that grace may abound”.

  • RCran

    Churches need to rightly distinguish the law and the gospel.

  • RCran

    Churches need to rightly distinguish the law and the gospel.

  • Porcell

    On two wings faith and reason rise to the truth.

  • Porcell

    On two wings faith and reason rise to the truth.

  • CRB

    We are glad to be in the Divine Service, not because we are
    doing our duty, but because God IS present.

  • CRB

    We are glad to be in the Divine Service, not because we are
    doing our duty, but because God IS present.

  • http://theobservationtree.blogspot.com Louis

    Christianity and democracy aren’t twin brothers.

  • http://theobservationtree.blogspot.com Louis

    Christianity and democracy aren’t twin brothers.

  • http://theobservationtree.blogspot.com Louis

    The bible tells us how to go to heaven, not how the heavens go.

  • http://theobservationtree.blogspot.com Louis

    The bible tells us how to go to heaven, not how the heavens go.

  • Matt Jamison

    The United States has no special status before God.

  • Matt Jamison

    The United States has no special status before God.

  • Another Kerner

    Christ Jesus is man’s Savior.
    The State is not.

  • Another Kerner

    Christ Jesus is man’s Savior.
    The State is not.

  • Porcell

    Given that Christianity recognizes the dignity of individual persons, however sinful, democracy is the least worst form of earthly government.

  • Porcell

    Given that Christianity recognizes the dignity of individual persons, however sinful, democracy is the least worst form of earthly government.

  • Carl W Baggett Jr

    The Bound Conscience Doctrine is a postmodern abomination-a theology of glory.

  • Carl W Baggett Jr

    The Bound Conscience Doctrine is a postmodern abomination-a theology of glory.

  • Gary

    Christianity is for the weak.

  • Gary

    Christianity is for the weak.

  • Gary

    style vs. substance is a false dichotomy.

  • Gary

    style vs. substance is a false dichotomy.

  • DonS

    The purpose of parenthood is discipleship.

  • DonS

    The purpose of parenthood is discipleship.

  • Tom Hering

    As all errors – at their core – are just the same old errors the Church has always had to contend against, then a new Reformation must champion the same correctives as the original Reformation.

  • Tom Hering

    As all errors – at their core – are just the same old errors the Church has always had to contend against, then a new Reformation must champion the same correctives as the original Reformation.

  • Tom Hering

    We will not agree to disagree, but will instead condemn errors that endanger souls.

  • Tom Hering

    We will not agree to disagree, but will instead condemn errors that endanger souls.

  • CJB

    He who denies the existence of hell will suffer gnashing of teeth and the eternal fire.

  • CJB

    He who denies the existence of hell will suffer gnashing of teeth and the eternal fire.

  • mark†

    Worship is about what God does, Gospel and not what we do, Law.

  • mark†

    Worship is about what God does, Gospel and not what we do, Law.

  • Dr Joan

    All Christians are not all Lutherans; it may that all Lutherans are not Christians.

  • Dr Joan

    All Christians are not all Lutherans; it may that all Lutherans are not Christians.

  • Joanne

    After the clergy become comfortable making private confession at a host congregation during district meetings, then the laity will become confortable making private confession at each congregation of the synod. (Best practices for reinstituting private confession among Lutherans)

  • Joanne

    After the clergy become comfortable making private confession at a host congregation during district meetings, then the laity will become confortable making private confession at each congregation of the synod. (Best practices for reinstituting private confession among Lutherans)

  • George A. Marquart

    According to the four Gospels and the first chapter of Acts, our Lord spoke a great deal about the Kingdom of God, and very little about His atoning suffering and death; the Church speaks a great deal about His atoning suffering and death, and very little about the Kingdom of God.

    (The judicious use of the apostrophe can vastly enhance the one sentence limitation)

    Peace and Joy!
    George A. Marquart

  • George A. Marquart

    According to the four Gospels and the first chapter of Acts, our Lord spoke a great deal about the Kingdom of God, and very little about His atoning suffering and death; the Church speaks a great deal about His atoning suffering and death, and very little about the Kingdom of God.

    (The judicious use of the apostrophe can vastly enhance the one sentence limitation)

    Peace and Joy!
    George A. Marquart

  • Joanne

    While Holy Baptism was initially and subsequently practiced in public for all to see, the Mystery of the Altar, the body and blood of Christ, was celebrated in closed rooms among the family of believers. In it’s liturgical orders, the church should arrange that the family of believers are present during the Sacrament of the Altar and that strangers and those not prepared to benefit from the sacrament are dismissed before the sacrament begins.

  • Joanne

    While Holy Baptism was initially and subsequently practiced in public for all to see, the Mystery of the Altar, the body and blood of Christ, was celebrated in closed rooms among the family of believers. In it’s liturgical orders, the church should arrange that the family of believers are present during the Sacrament of the Altar and that strangers and those not prepared to benefit from the sacrament are dismissed before the sacrament begins.

  • lisa

    Man makes it so complicated. God makes it so simple- Trust and Obey!

  • lisa

    Man makes it so complicated. God makes it so simple- Trust and Obey!

  • kerner

    A beautiful woman without discretion is like a gold ring in a pig’s nose.

    (a paraphrase, but only a slight one, of Proverbs 11:22)

    hey. It’s one sentence; it takes a position; and (as the father of three daughters) I’m willing to defend it.

  • kerner

    A beautiful woman without discretion is like a gold ring in a pig’s nose.

    (a paraphrase, but only a slight one, of Proverbs 11:22)

    hey. It’s one sentence; it takes a position; and (as the father of three daughters) I’m willing to defend it.

  • http://puttingoutthefire.blogspot.com/ Frank Gillespie

    My Thesis’s Concerning The Catechesis Of Youth

    1) Youth are able to be and therefore must be taught in-depth studies of Scripture.

    2) Youth are able to be and therefore must be taught the historical confessions.

    3) Youth do have the capability to understand the complex doctrines articulated in Scripture by the prophets of the Old Testament as well as Christ and the apostles of the New Testament.

    4) Youth must be taught apologetics so that they will be prepared, upon leaving their first church home, to deal with world views contrary to those articulated in Scripture.

    5) Youth must be taught apologetics so that they will be prepared, upon leaving their first church home, to deal with the cults and sects whose theology is contrary to that which is articulated in Scripture but that makes the claim that they represent Christianity.

  • http://puttingoutthefire.blogspot.com/ Frank Gillespie

    My Thesis’s Concerning The Catechesis Of Youth

    1) Youth are able to be and therefore must be taught in-depth studies of Scripture.

    2) Youth are able to be and therefore must be taught the historical confessions.

    3) Youth do have the capability to understand the complex doctrines articulated in Scripture by the prophets of the Old Testament as well as Christ and the apostles of the New Testament.

    4) Youth must be taught apologetics so that they will be prepared, upon leaving their first church home, to deal with world views contrary to those articulated in Scripture.

    5) Youth must be taught apologetics so that they will be prepared, upon leaving their first church home, to deal with the cults and sects whose theology is contrary to that which is articulated in Scripture but that makes the claim that they represent Christianity.

  • http://puttingoutthefire.blogspot.com/ Frank Gillespie

    6) It is the responsibility of the community of believers gathered together as a congregation to instruct youth in all matters of the catholic faith as articulated in Scripture.

    7) It is also the responsibility of the parents of the youth to instruct them in all matters of the catholic faith as articulated in Scripture.

    8) To not properly instruct youth in all things concerning Christ is to reject and go against the very words of Christ and that of the apostles in Holy Scripture.

    9) To not properly instruct youth in all things concerning Christ so as to attract individuals whom have no interest in Christian education also goes against the very words of Christ and the apostles in Holy Scripture.

    10) To not properly instruct youth in all things concerning Christ is a failing of the vocations of parent, Sunday school teacher, members of the local congregation, and pastor and such a failing risks losing youth to a culture that rejects Christ and thereby Hell itself.

  • http://puttingoutthefire.blogspot.com/ Frank Gillespie

    6) It is the responsibility of the community of believers gathered together as a congregation to instruct youth in all matters of the catholic faith as articulated in Scripture.

    7) It is also the responsibility of the parents of the youth to instruct them in all matters of the catholic faith as articulated in Scripture.

    8) To not properly instruct youth in all things concerning Christ is to reject and go against the very words of Christ and that of the apostles in Holy Scripture.

    9) To not properly instruct youth in all things concerning Christ so as to attract individuals whom have no interest in Christian education also goes against the very words of Christ and the apostles in Holy Scripture.

    10) To not properly instruct youth in all things concerning Christ is a failing of the vocations of parent, Sunday school teacher, members of the local congregation, and pastor and such a failing risks losing youth to a culture that rejects Christ and thereby Hell itself.

  • Grace

    Turn to Christ our LORD, believing in Him for Salvation –
    John 20:31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

  • Grace

    Turn to Christ our LORD, believing in Him for Salvation –
    John 20:31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    He who speaks against the truth of apostolic pardons, let him be anathema and accursed!

    Okay, I might have cribbed that from some other list, but all the points I would have made have already been made.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    He who speaks against the truth of apostolic pardons, let him be anathema and accursed!

    Okay, I might have cribbed that from some other list, but all the points I would have made have already been made.

  • boaz

    Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.

  • boaz

    Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.

  • http://plauer.net Paul

    If it comes between the constitution and bylaws of the congregation (or synod) and the Gospel, too bad for the constitution and bylaws.

  • http://plauer.net Paul

    If it comes between the constitution and bylaws of the congregation (or synod) and the Gospel, too bad for the constitution and bylaws.

  • Booklover

    If your Christianity focuses on your experience rather than on the Person and work of Christ, maybe you’re in the wrong church.

  • Booklover

    If your Christianity focuses on your experience rather than on the Person and work of Christ, maybe you’re in the wrong church.

  • Mike Baker

    There is no such thing as a charismatic (enthusiast) Lutheran for the same reason that there are no flaming snowballs or an air-filled vacuums.

  • Mike Baker

    There is no such thing as a charismatic (enthusiast) Lutheran for the same reason that there are no flaming snowballs or an air-filled vacuums.

  • Abby

    Biblical context is everything.

  • Abby

    Biblical context is everything.

  • Trey

    Unity is not found in structures, people, and/or emotions, but by the Word of God.

  • Trey

    Unity is not found in structures, people, and/or emotions, but by the Word of God.

  • http://theoldadam.wordpress.com Steve Martin

    When you yank the altar out of a church building and replace it with rock band instruments, you could be leading people to perdition, with the best of intentions.

  • http://theoldadam.wordpress.com Steve Martin

    When you yank the altar out of a church building and replace it with rock band instruments, you could be leading people to perdition, with the best of intentions.

  • http://theoldadam.wordpress.com Steve Martin

    When one fails to realize that God uses less than perfect vessels to accomplish His perfect purposes, one would diminish the Word.
    (the finite contains the infinite)

  • http://theoldadam.wordpress.com Steve Martin

    When one fails to realize that God uses less than perfect vessels to accomplish His perfect purposes, one would diminish the Word.
    (the finite contains the infinite)

  • http://theoldadam.wordpress.com Steve Martin

    The Bible is the Word of God, and that Word is perfect and true.

    Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are also Word of God.

    Preaching and teaching (the pure gospel of Christ) is also Word of God.

    And the consolation of the brethren is Word of God.

    The Word of God is Christ Jesus Himself.

  • http://theoldadam.wordpress.com Steve Martin

    The Bible is the Word of God, and that Word is perfect and true.

    Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are also Word of God.

    Preaching and teaching (the pure gospel of Christ) is also Word of God.

    And the consolation of the brethren is Word of God.

    The Word of God is Christ Jesus Himself.

  • Allan Schwarb

    The only way to safeguard the positive principles of the Reformation is through the Catholic Church.

  • Allan Schwarb

    The only way to safeguard the positive principles of the Reformation is through the Catholic Church.

  • http://theoldadam.wordpress.com Steve Martin

    So much of the church is Christ (+). Christ + your decison. Christ + your serious efforts. Christ + an inerrant Bible. Christ + a Pope. Christ +… whatever.

    The Reformation says ” Christ…ALONE “.

  • http://theoldadam.wordpress.com Steve Martin

    So much of the church is Christ (+). Christ + your decison. Christ + your serious efforts. Christ + an inerrant Bible. Christ + a Pope. Christ +… whatever.

    The Reformation says ” Christ…ALONE “.

  • boaz

    For ceremonies and liturgies and rituals are needed to this end alone: that the unlearned be taught what they need to know of Christ, as no ceremony, liturgy, or ritual has any intrinsic worth of its own, as the Eastern and Roman churches believe.

  • boaz

    For ceremonies and liturgies and rituals are needed to this end alone: that the unlearned be taught what they need to know of Christ, as no ceremony, liturgy, or ritual has any intrinsic worth of its own, as the Eastern and Roman churches believe.

  • boaz

    Those who reject infant baptism or say it is an indifferent matter preach the devil’s teaching, and place children at great risk, as Scripture says all bear the sin of Adam, and there is nothing in Scripture to suggest Christ withholds judgment on those under the age of reason; therefore Christians must condemn such teaching and pray Christ in his infinite mercy saves the children not baptized due to the false beliefs of their parents, as in him, all things are possible.

  • boaz

    Those who reject infant baptism or say it is an indifferent matter preach the devil’s teaching, and place children at great risk, as Scripture says all bear the sin of Adam, and there is nothing in Scripture to suggest Christ withholds judgment on those under the age of reason; therefore Christians must condemn such teaching and pray Christ in his infinite mercy saves the children not baptized due to the false beliefs of their parents, as in him, all things are possible.

  • http://www.thirduse.com fws

    The Evangelical Lutheran Church teaches that nothing that anyone can see or do on earth as any eternal consequences. None.

    Invisible faith. alone. in christ. alone.

  • http://www.thirduse.com fws

    The Evangelical Lutheran Church teaches that nothing that anyone can see or do on earth as any eternal consequences. None.

    Invisible faith. alone. in christ. alone.

  • Mike Baker

    We are infinitely blessed that the founders of the Lutheran Reformation were the men that they were… and not men like us.

  • Mike Baker

    We are infinitely blessed that the founders of the Lutheran Reformation were the men that they were… and not men like us.

  • http://www.thirduse.com fws

    The Evangelical Lutheran Church in her Confessions teaches that the Doctrine of the Two Kingdoms is purely another mode of Law and Gospel.

    This means that all things both religious and “spiritual” that we can see or do in our bodies is totally Earthly Kingdom righeousness, ie the Law.

    Further the evidence for righeousness here is ALWAYS visible, is seen as love, and ALWAYS requires no faith at all.

    We reject as a confusion of law and gospel and contrary to our Confessions the idea that the two kingdoms is the churchly estate vs the civil estate.

  • http://www.thirduse.com fws

    The Evangelical Lutheran Church in her Confessions teaches that the Doctrine of the Two Kingdoms is purely another mode of Law and Gospel.

    This means that all things both religious and “spiritual” that we can see or do in our bodies is totally Earthly Kingdom righeousness, ie the Law.

    Further the evidence for righeousness here is ALWAYS visible, is seen as love, and ALWAYS requires no faith at all.

    We reject as a confusion of law and gospel and contrary to our Confessions the idea that the two kingdoms is the churchly estate vs the civil estate.

  • http://simdan.com SimDan

    In the same vein as #100

    The the modern State of Israel has no special status before God.

  • http://simdan.com SimDan

    In the same vein as #100

    The the modern State of Israel has no special status before God.

  • boaz

    Without Christ, we can do no good work; we can have no justified, true belief; and we can do nothing to move ourselves closer to God.

  • boaz

    Without Christ, we can do no good work; we can have no justified, true belief; and we can do nothing to move ourselves closer to God.

  • ADG

    If the Gospel must always predominate, then the intensity with which critique is given to erring Christians must never exceed the intensity with which affirmation is given to Christians who proclaim the Gospel, even imperfectly.

  • ADG

    If the Gospel must always predominate, then the intensity with which critique is given to erring Christians must never exceed the intensity with which affirmation is given to Christians who proclaim the Gospel, even imperfectly.

  • Stephen

    The Evangelical Lutheran Church rejects as false and a distortion of the Holy Gospel any and all speculations and rationalisms that would place human knowledge between, above, apart, or instead of the Water and the Word in Holy Baptism, or the Words of Institution and the Elements of the Sacrament themselves.

    Lord have mercy

  • Stephen

    The Evangelical Lutheran Church rejects as false and a distortion of the Holy Gospel any and all speculations and rationalisms that would place human knowledge between, above, apart, or instead of the Water and the Word in Holy Baptism, or the Words of Institution and the Elements of the Sacrament themselves.

    Lord have mercy

  • ADG

    Youth ministry- which should include vibrant fellowship in the context of the ages ministered- must gather the youth first and foremost around the Word and Sacraments if it has any hope of helping youth remain active in the church.

  • ADG

    Youth ministry- which should include vibrant fellowship in the context of the ages ministered- must gather the youth first and foremost around the Word and Sacraments if it has any hope of helping youth remain active in the church.

  • ADG

    Law and Gospel are not properly divided when an infant who has faithfully received communion within her mother’s womb for 9 months is baptized and subsequently excommunicated.

  • ADG

    Law and Gospel are not properly divided when an infant who has faithfully received communion within her mother’s womb for 9 months is baptized and subsequently excommunicated.

  • Trey

    We don’t vote on the Word of God, we believe it!

  • Trey

    We don’t vote on the Word of God, we believe it!

  • http://web.me.com/love101 Blest

    Reverend – Right Reverend – Most Holy Reverend – Senior Pastor – Executive Pastor – Associate Pastor – Doctor – Cardinal – Pope – Rector – Canon – Pastors – in Pulpits – Preaching – to People – in Pews – NO good sirs, I can NOT recant unless you can show me, from the scriptures, where these “Titles,” — that have become “Idols,” (of the heart, Ezek 14:1-11) that create a separate class of Christian, a higher class, a clergy class, that **silence** the body of Christ, **silence* those without “Titles” and “Position, **silence** the ekklesia of God, **silence** their revelation of God, **silence** their teaching, (1 Cor 14:26), and will “lord it over God’s heritage,” (1 Pet 5:3,) and “Exercise Authority” like the gentiles, (Mark 10:42) — are a command of Jesus – a command from “The Word of God.”. ;-)

    I’m Blest – Because I’ve returned to the Shepherd and Bishop of my soul…

    Jesus…

  • http://web.me.com/love101 Blest

    Reverend – Right Reverend – Most Holy Reverend – Senior Pastor – Executive Pastor – Associate Pastor – Doctor – Cardinal – Pope – Rector – Canon – Pastors – in Pulpits – Preaching – to People – in Pews – NO good sirs, I can NOT recant unless you can show me, from the scriptures, where these “Titles,” — that have become “Idols,” (of the heart, Ezek 14:1-11) that create a separate class of Christian, a higher class, a clergy class, that **silence** the body of Christ, **silence* those without “Titles” and “Position, **silence** the ekklesia of God, **silence** their revelation of God, **silence** their teaching, (1 Cor 14:26), and will “lord it over God’s heritage,” (1 Pet 5:3,) and “Exercise Authority” like the gentiles, (Mark 10:42) — are a command of Jesus – a command from “The Word of God.”. ;-)

    I’m Blest – Because I’ve returned to the Shepherd and Bishop of my soul…

    Jesus…

  • Anthony Sacramone

    Any Christian who uses the expression “knock on wood” is no Christian at all. Unless the wood is that of the Cross, which should only be embraced, not knocked.

  • Anthony Sacramone

    Any Christian who uses the expression “knock on wood” is no Christian at all. Unless the wood is that of the Cross, which should only be embraced, not knocked.

  • http://web.me.com/love101 Blest

    “Titles” become “Idols,”

    and

    “Pastors” become “Masters.”

  • http://web.me.com/love101 Blest

    “Titles” become “Idols,”

    and

    “Pastors” become “Masters.”

  • Rev. Mark Schroeder

    The Word is rightly divided between Law and Gospel and is yet one Word of God doing two things, slaying the sinner and making alive the man in Christ , but Law and Gospel must not be divorced from each other.

  • Rev. Mark Schroeder

    The Word is rightly divided between Law and Gospel and is yet one Word of God doing two things, slaying the sinner and making alive the man in Christ , but Law and Gospel must not be divorced from each other.

  • Nick Mackison

    Sola scriptura is not solo scriptura

  • Nick Mackison

    Sola scriptura is not solo scriptura

  • http://www.newreformationpress.com Patrick Kyle

    Those who deny justification by substitutionary atonement and imputation are wrong. Not mistaken, or given to another emphasis, but wrong. They need to be called out on it.

  • http://www.newreformationpress.com Patrick Kyle

    Those who deny justification by substitutionary atonement and imputation are wrong. Not mistaken, or given to another emphasis, but wrong. They need to be called out on it.

  • Tom Hering

    Those who reject the command to write a defensible thesis in one sentence should be declared anathema. Let me further suggest … :-)

  • Tom Hering

    Those who reject the command to write a defensible thesis in one sentence should be declared anathema. Let me further suggest … :-)

  • Mike Baker

    Wrapping an opinion in the form of a pious-sounding thesis does not neccesarily make it true, scriptural, or even a good idea. ;)

  • Mike Baker

    Wrapping an opinion in the form of a pious-sounding thesis does not neccesarily make it true, scriptural, or even a good idea. ;)

  • Rob C.

    The Bishop of Rome is the Pope of Christian unity and ultimate temporal bulwark against heresy.

  • Rob C.

    The Bishop of Rome is the Pope of Christian unity and ultimate temporal bulwark against heresy.

  • Tom Hering

    The Bishop of Rome is the anti-Protestant and has nothing to contribute to a reformation of Protestantism.

  • Tom Hering

    The Bishop of Rome is the anti-Protestant and has nothing to contribute to a reformation of Protestantism.

  • Allan Schwarb

    Since there are now six different Justifications (Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Lutheran, Reformed, Methodist and New Perspectives on Paul), the “doctrine upon which the Church stands or falls” (Martin Luther), how does one find the right Justification from his Bible according to the over-arching Reformation principle of the “Perspicuity of the Scripture” — clarity of the Bible alone?

  • Allan Schwarb

    Since there are now six different Justifications (Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Lutheran, Reformed, Methodist and New Perspectives on Paul), the “doctrine upon which the Church stands or falls” (Martin Luther), how does one find the right Justification from his Bible according to the over-arching Reformation principle of the “Perspicuity of the Scripture” — clarity of the Bible alone?

  • Allan Schwarb

    The Nicene Creed, the Gospel in a nutshell for 1,600 years, remains the Gospel summary — no Reformation creed has supplanted it.

  • Allan Schwarb

    The Nicene Creed, the Gospel in a nutshell for 1,600 years, remains the Gospel summary — no Reformation creed has supplanted it.

  • Tom Hering

    As Medieval-sounding theses have not been ruled out, let it be taught in all our churches that neighbors who are anal-retentive about their lawns will be consigned to that circle in Hell where souls are tormented by hordes of demons with leaf blowers.

  • Tom Hering

    As Medieval-sounding theses have not been ruled out, let it be taught in all our churches that neighbors who are anal-retentive about their lawns will be consigned to that circle in Hell where souls are tormented by hordes of demons with leaf blowers.

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