(The following article was written by Rev. Tom Brock of pastorsstudy.org. You can follow Pastor Brock on Facebook - here and Twitter - here.)
I turned on the TV this afternoon to see a worship service from an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America congregation, Saint Andrew’s Lutheran Church of Mahtomedi, Minnesota. Years ago, this congregation was known for being more biblical and evangelical and even helped start a reform movement within Lutheranism. I don’t know much about the church today except for the sermon I just watched by Stephanie Anderson-Telschow, a deacon at St Andrew’s.
She preached about Jesus’ encounter with the Syrophoenician woman (Matthew 15:21-28) in which He tells her that He was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel and “it is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs”. It is a bit of a difficult text but many scholars believe Jesus was testing the woman’s faith, she passed the test, and her daughter was healed. But today’s preacher said “Jesus’ response is so ugly that we barely recognize him...Was Jesus wrong? Did he make a mistake? I don’t know about that...”.
I do. Jesus did not make a mistake. He is fully God and fully man and his teaching is 100% accurate. He never sinned against this woman or anyone else. He sometimes said things that are difficult for us to understand, but, as the Bible teaches, Jesus was sinless (Hebrews 4:15, 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 Peter 2:22).
I hope you are a member of a good, biblical congregation which joyfully acknowledges the rightness of Jesus’ teaching.
Pastor Tom Brock
10/12/2020 10:56:06 am
Calling into question Jesus’ words. Typical of this denomination. Do they even believe in Jesus? Hmm. Member of the National Council of Churches, who have communist connections. This denomination has obvious support and alignment with the Democrat Party. This party has adopted and actively support Bernie & AOC’s Marxist agenda. Connect the dots. One can conclude they pray to Marx, Lenin, Mao. Evil forces at work here.
10/12/2020 04:08:40 pm
I am/was (I'm going to start visiting a nearby NALC church) a member of an ELCA congregation and a few weeks back we had a fill in pastor who commented about that same parable. She said that Jesus was mean to the woman and that she corrected Him and taught Him something. This pastor was fresh out of seminary. It's sad to see what their heads are being filled with at these ELCA seminaries.
10/13/2020 06:02:35 am
The ELCA usually ignores every one of God's Word's truths, admonitions, and rebukes that speak against its favorite heresies and apostasies. When the ELCA does quote the Word, it's usually to eisegete it and elevate the ELCA's own tawdry Gnosticism over the plain truths of the Bible.
10/15/2020 02:31:56 pm
Breaking today on sites such as Breitbart.com, Hunter & Joe Biden’s connections to Ukraine, China, Russia worth millions in buying influence in US. Biden allies Facebook, Twitter trying to shut down spreading of the truth. Won’t work, Biden’s going down. If you ELCA leadership read this site y’all better repent and return to Christ because your leadership is goin’ down.
10/22/2020 06:47:24 am
I recently argued with an ELCA pastor (a frustrating experience) about the means of salvation. Many Lutherans and Reformed theologians taught some broad theology against works as a means of grace and even so far as to say that no one is capable or required to make a decision for Christ.
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