Lutheran Clergy - Cultural Or Spiritual Leaders? You Decide!!!
A number or really important questions have been set before the Christian world by the Lutheran Church with respect to the primary purpose and objectives of Christian teachings. While it is one thing to welcome Gay Pastors into the Church (see Gay Lutheran Pastors To Join Church Roster), it is quite another thing to hang out the welcome flag, while not understanding why homosexuality is condemned in the Bible in the first place? Is an all-knowing God who can see all of Creation from the beginning to the end of time, a homophobe? Or is it the modern Lutheran clergy who are ignorant of the cause of homosexuality? And if these same Lutheran clergy are going to put themselves forth as representing the Gospel teachings of Jesus, while actively promoting homosexuality without understanding why it was openly condemned, then how can it be said that the Lutheran Church in any manner represents the Gospel and Bible teachings?
Is the Lutheran Church a cultural leader? Or a spiritual group that seekers look to for spiritual leadership? If they are cultural leaders like MTV or some popular fad magazine or media outlet, then it is fine for the Lutheran's to promote homosexuality. But if they are a religious group that seekers look to for spiritual leadership, then they are required to lead by first understanding, and then supporting, the biblical rejection of homosexuality. Unless, of course, they can demonstrate why they take the position that the Bible is in error, and God changed His Mind. If God had a reason as to why the Bible rejects homosexuality -- and that reason remains valid even today -- then as a religious-leader vs a cultural-leader, the Church would be inflicting grave harm upon those who look to them as teachers. Thus, for this very reason it is written: "Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we shall incur a stricter judgment" (James 3:1 NASB). Which statement brings up the ramifications which from a Christian perspective is profound -- i.e., that if a Christian preacher, pastor, minister, teacher or Church authority teaches what is in error, that they would "...incur a stricter judgment"!!! From this perspective it can then be said that to teach a certain doctrinal position, in defiance of the original Gospel teachings and objectives, would make both the teachings and the Church an apostate to what Jesus originally taught.
Contrary to cultural leaders, a true religious leader would understand why the Bible condemns homosexuality. To simply dismiss this warning, without first understanding why the warning was invoked, is representative of spiritual insanity! But then, who is the true source of their manmade dogma? It is a fact that the Church is very much following in the legacy of its founder, Martin Luther, whose teachings not only undermined the whole of the Church, but cast have the Christian world into the abyss of spiritual ignorance. Thus, in view of the fact that Luther rejected the Epistle of James (the Lord's Brother) as an "Epistle of Straw", it can very much be said that Luther's chickens have come home to roost, and the folly of his teachings have come back to haunt the whole of the Christian world who has embraced the apostasy of Luther's teachings. So the question becomes, do the congregations of Christians continue to follow the legacy of Luther into a proverbial Hell, or to they return to their Gospel roots, and become true shepherds and guides in TheWay?
What is the source and foundation of Luther's thinking that was adopted by virtually the whole of the Church of the Protestant Reformation? It must be recognized that Martin Luther was himself a priest in the Roman Catholic Church -- and that the foundation of his thinking and theology is based upon the Augustinian doctrine of Original Sin. Which means that if the doctrine of Original Sin is flawed (see The Folly Of Original Sin), then so too is the whole of Church teachings which is based upon this doctrine -- a doctrine so adverse to the original Gospel teachings, that they would be portrayed by the Apostle Paul as heresy and apostasy (see The Legacy Of Martin Luther). In fact, in misrepresenting one verse on works vs faith that was stated totally out of context to what Paul actually taught, the whole of the Gospel teachings has been rendered spiritually sterile and virtually worthless. And that the Church which bears Luther's name, has perpetuated his diabolical legacy by promoting homosexuality without first understanding the cause of homosexuality, or the reason why the homosexual lifestyle is rejected in the Bible, is merely the bad fruit of the corrupted tree of Lutheran doctrinal perversion.
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