And to the Church of the Augsburg Confession, the angel said:
I know your works, and your labor and patient endurance, and that you are not able to tolerate evil, and you put to the test those who call themselves apostles and are not, and you found them to be false. And you have patient endurance, and have endured many things because of my name, and have not become weary. But I have this against you: that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen, and repent and do the works you did at first. But if you do not, I am coming to you, and I will remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. But you do have this: that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, things which I also hate. The one who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, I will grant to him to eat from the tree of life which is in the paradise of God. (Rev. 2:2-7)
I, lowly pseudepigrapher and tender of this humble web-log, will now play the Pentecostal and interpret the good word…
It’s great that you recognize that the morons who get their names dragged through the mud ad nauseam on Pirate Christian Radio are false teachers, bereft of the apostolic ministry, preaching a false Gospel. That’s good— really, it is. But you think that this fact alone makes you a true Christian. In your desperation to make sure everyone knows that you’re not an American evangelical (“I thank thee, Lord, that I am not like this non-denominational Protestant”), you have forgotten that the Word of God alone establishes articles of faith— snarky negation does not. In fact, by allowing censorious mockery of your former denominations to function as your polestar, you have actually become worse than the “pietists” you deride. Your anti-pietism is worse than their pietism. The real corrective to an error is not its opposite, but simply the Truth.
You say that you believe all that is confessed and set forth in the Book of Concord because it is in accord with the Word of God, but your words and actions tell a different story. You cherry pick the Confessions to suit your procrustean notions of what “true Lutheranism” is. Damn your “true Lutheranism”! Repent and bear fruit in keeping with repentance. Cry out for the mercy of Christ! Confess the fullness of God’s Word! Take up your Confessions and read them! Carefully study God’s Word in concert with them! Read the words and pray the prayers of your fathers in the faith!
You do have this going for you: you can smell the big heretics a mile away. Let me say again that this is good. Take every thought captive to Christ, Who is the Love of God incarnate as surely as He is Truth incarnate. Let the weapon of your warfare be the Sword of the Spirit. Confess God’s words— all of them. Unto you Christ says: “He who confesses Me in the strife which is coming, which is now ongoing, him will I confess before My Father. You have already conquered; take and eat from the Tree of Life, and know that your name is written in the Book. You will eat and drink with Me at My table in My kingdom forever.”
Oh, and you who Lutherans are actually imitating the heretics and sectarians? I have nothing to say to you. Get out, lest you be rent by a flaming sword.
And then the vision left me.
A blessed Adventide to you, dear reader.