Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Preaching to the Choir

When the Pharisees complained that Jesus was eating with persons of poor reputations, Jesus said in Matthew 9:12-13, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice’, for I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Confessional Lutherans understand how the ELCA has fallen into the pit of apostasy. Many follow the numerous blogs and news articles about the “new things” that continue to drive the ELCA away from hundreds of years of accepted Lutheran doctrine. We comment on the blatant heretical teaching accepted by the leadership of the ELCA and continue to pray for our brothers and sisters lost and unaware of this false gospel. Problem is, we are keeping this within a small family of believers. The Truth needs to get out to those unsuspecting believers being led astray. Some have said that it is time to move on and leave the ELCA behind, awash in their heretical teachings. We cannot, and we are called to not simply walk away. We cannot allow our brothers and sisters in Christ to be led to the wide and destructive path that the leaders of the ELCA would have them travel.

There are “new” tools available to us and we need to avail ourselves of these tools to help get the Truth out. For certain, there are Christian blogs that link to various articles and news, but again, are we really reaching those who need to hear. Far too few are touched by what is revealed by the Holy Spirit through the various bloggers. If you have a Facebook page, every article that exposes the false gospels of the ELCA should be posted for all your friends to see. Those 777 people that “like” Exposing the ELCA have hundreds of their friends that they can reach by simply posting a link. Each friend has hundreds more that can be reached, and on and on. And how many of those friends may be members of an ELCA congregation, completely unaware, thinking all along that they are using their hands to do God’s work. It is all well and good that there are those who understand how destructive the teaching is to those attending ELCA churches that preach these “new things”, it is another thing to reach those who do not. Those sitting in pews that are being filled with the pure Gospel of Jesus Christ, and through the power of the Holy Spirit come to know and understand, are not the ones in need of rescue. It is those sitting in pews thinking that the message from their pulpit is the Truth, when in fact, it is perverted by the false gospel so prevalent in so many ELCA churches.

We are called to be productive fruit for our Lord. We are called to love our neighbors as ourselves and to lay down our lives for our friends. Our brothers and sisters in Christ are at risk. We do them no favor by simply finding a church that preaches the true Gospel and making certain that we are fed the words of life. We have the responsibility to reach each and every brother and sister in Christ that falls away, who believes that by accepting the false gospels of tolerance, welcoming and diversity that they will be saved. James 5:19-20, “My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back, 20 remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins.” The simple act of sharing your faith by linking to articles or posts that promote our Lord’s teaching, just may help a brother or sister from risking their very salvation. Which articles to choose, you say? A pastor said that what he thought was one of his weakest sermons led one of his congregants to say to him that listening to his sermon he felt that God was talking directly to him. So, if a post causes the Spirit to rise in you, it just may be a sign that it may affect others similarly.  Proclaim His glory, get His Truth out, and help cover over a multitude of sin.

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