It's classic ELCA false teaching coming from the halls of the ELCA’s Wartburg Theological Seminary. Longtime professor Duane Priebe’s basic message to the seminary students at the October 1, 2015, chapel service? The law no longer applies, sins are okay because Jesus loves. (listen here)
Dr. Priebe begins his sermon by saying “This is one of those passages, when I first looked at this text, the only thing I could think of was, 'Sh*t!'” (The passage was Luke 16:14-18.)
Wartburg Theological Seminary posted the link to this sermon on their Facebook page. (see here)
And here is what is happening at Luther Seminary, the ELCA's largest seminary:
A bit of good news.
ELCA membership numbers from an October 2015, ELCA news story:
“Membership of the ELCA is 3,765,403 million, a decline of 2.53 percent from the previous year.” (see here)
10/13/2015 10:34:53 am
It's easy to understand why Dr. Priebe *should* have uttered an expletive when he read this passage in Luke 16: "So he [Jesus] said to them, 'You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of others; but God knows your hearts; for what is prized by human beings is an abomination in the sight of God.'"
10/16/2015 04:10:36 pm
The reference to Demas is in 2 Timothy 4:10, not 1 Timothy.
10/13/2015 06:50:33 pm
At about 3:20 minutes into Dr. Priebe's sermon, he is talking about David committing adultery and murder, and he seems to allude to 1 Kings 15:5, "David had done what was right in the eyes of the Lord and had not failed to keep any of the Lord's commands all the days of his life," but he glosses over the end of the verse, "except in the case of Uriah the Hittite." Dr. Priebe thus gives a false impression of the matter. Although David repented, was forgiven by God, and was permitted to live, he still had to bear the earthly punishments spoken by the prophet Nathan (2 Sam. 12:10-11, 14). The child born of the adulterous relationship died after seven days (12:18), and David's household was plagued by strife and violence. His son Absalom killed his brother Amnon (13:26-30), tried to usurp his father David's throne (15:1-14), publically slept with his father's concubines (16:22), and eventually was killed by the commander of the army, Joab (18:15). That doesn't suggest God's approval of David's actions.
10/17/2015 03:22:08 pm
Yes. Thanks for this. Context is everything. Why has the ELCA usurped a Christian hermeneutic for one that serves the cultural desire for altruism? I have an answer: $$$$$$
10/18/2015 02:13:37 pm
"To some extent human reason naturally understands the law since it has the same judgment written on the mind.... We for our part maintain that God REQUIRES the righteousness of reason." (Apology of the Augsburg Confession, Article 4, sections 7, 22)
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