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Sisters and Brothers in Christ Jesus

 Grace and peace to all in Christ’s Love and Grace.

I am urged, beyond my personal control, to start this epistle with:

The Church accepts without reservation the Holy Scriptures of the Old and the New Testaments as a whole and in all their parts as the divinely inspired, written and inerrant Word of God, and as the only infallible source and norm for all matters of faith, doctrine and life.

Six and one-half years ago[1] I wrote on my BLOG[2] “Watchman, what of the night?”

Many of my concerns then, have unfortunately come to fruit,  the deeper studies of the Holy Scriptures, which would have given us a clearer understanding of our duty toward the Most High, have not resulted in departing from the unscriptural practices as have now been seen in some “Lutheran” Congregations; even women preaching and administering the  Holy Eucharist.  This apostatic event has led me to go back to our Lutheran roots and look up what Dr Martin Luther of blessed memory had to say about this.  In short in one of his books he suggests; that women should be silent in the Congregation as the Bible also states, however where capable and willing males are not available we are faced with the duty of all Christians that the Word of God must be proclaimed, and that, to my aging mind, starts to make more and more sense; hence from hereon I will stick with that where applicable.  Therefore, where willing and capable mature males are available, they are still the Priests/Deacons of the Congregation and the Priest of his own household.  Where this is not practiced the Authority of God and His Word will be reduced to mere characters on paper.

We are no longer of one mind as a church, we have;

  • Lutherans who loyally prescribe to Article 2 of our Constitution in full, yes indeed to both clauses, adhering to their ordination and/or appointment promises, and
  • Those who cannot or will not subscribe to our Confession, those misguided souls must realise and confess that in fact  they are no longer Lutherans and consequently should be excused from taking any part in decisions that affect the life, doctrine and teachings of the LC/ANZ.

Since St. Paul clearly teaches in his Pastoral Letters that Priests/Deacons (Clergy in the LC/ANZ) are to be Husbands of one Wife (1 Timothy 3, Titus 1),  I can find no Biblical justification for Women’s Ordination (WO) and hence I cannot support it or recognise the misguided females who, knowingly or not, accepted ordination against clear and binding Scripture.  This does NOT mean or substantiate the claim that “Barney hates women”.  A quick question around the faithful in my parish would make that abundantly clear.  “Barney just follows and adheres to the right teaching of the LC/ANZ,”

The WO situation is, in my opinion, a clear example of people not knowing the Word of God, …… or ……. knowing the Word of God but instead following the opposing philosophy of ‘I know better’.

I look forward to our leaders to initiate and maintain action to remove That which is not Biblical – Hence not truly Christian.  I ask you to join me in prayer, asking that our leaders at all levels have the intestinal fortitude to bite the bullet and remove the rot that is dividing us.  If we do not do that now, while we have the opportunity with our review of our critical documents, we will cease to be a true Lutheran Church.  And become the laughingstock of the accuser.

So, my friends the ball is also in your court, live by:

The Church accepts without reservation the Holy Scriptures of the Old and the New Testaments as a whole and in all their parts as the divinely inspired, written and inerrant Word of God, and as the only infallible source and norm for all matters of faith, doctrine and life.

Or see before our very eyes our beloved church slowly but surely degrade into a religious social club and disappear from the Christian Radar.

May God bless you all and give you wisdom in rich measure.

Barney

Semper Coram Deo

Christian P.J. Bahnerth

GradDipMaintEng, GradCertMgmt,

GradDipTh, MTh, PhD.


[1] 2014-03-01

[2] WordPress.Exethento fewer contributions lately due to medical conditions.


2020-09-17

Dear readers, I have been of the air for medical reasons. Now recovering after Neuro-Surgery 2020-09-14.

I have to change my ways of publishing, but this one has to stay.

More to follow when I am a little better.

Regards

Barney

Christian P.J. Bahnerth PhD


Amos Hedt.  Re: when you say the “clear Word”, I suspect we disagree on what that means.
Perhaps you interpret that to mean passages where the instructions of the writer seem to be presented as straightforward, as a “plain reading” would deliver? If the “clear” is only clear in the ears of some hearers, how clear is that to the Congregation of Saints?
Amos – When the Lutheran Church of Australia (LCA) accepts without reservation the Holy Scriptures of the Old and the New Testaments, as a whole and in all their parts, as the divinely inspired, written and inerrant Word of God, and as the only infallible source and norm for all matters of faith, doctrine and life, where does that put a dissenting member of the LCA? Where does that put those who remain loyal to the above, where does that put those who refuse to take part in part of the Divine Service where unauthorized people speak in contravention of the Word of our Lord? Where does that put the clergy who permit this disobedience to take place in their Parish? Where does this put a Bishop who knows that this happens in his area of pastoral care? and finally, where does this put you?
 I have previously exchanged opinions on this blog with a person called ‘Amos’ but that was another person.
Hence if my attitude was toward that person it was not addressed to Amos Hedt.
I have corresponded with many people who subscribe to the Book of Concord [BOC] and in particular the Formula of Concord, Part 1, the Epitome [FOC, 1, Ep]. as a Lutheran by choice, by faith, and by studying the Doctrines of Lutheranism, I intend to remain loyal to that.
Through medical misadventure, quite some time has now passed since my last writing on the subject of Lutherans being LUTHERAN.  The medical issue has not been resolved,  but some relief has been found.
My stance on the Word of God has not been changed, I still [strongly] subscribe to  BOC and its part FOC, 1, Ep.  This has resulted in both making likes and dislikes, and in some unsavoury accusations, the mildest of which was that I “hated” women.
However, I greatly admire the gifts God has given to women, e.g. a greater capacity for love and patience, a capacity to be multiskilled to a greater extent than a ‘single track minded’ male.
In my Denomination – Lutheran – Lutheran Church of Australia – we have as our Confession in our Constitution that we adhere to the Writings of the Old and the New Testaments as the “true” Word of God, and my readers will find that reflected in my writings.  I believe that where we differ it is one or more of (i) a difference of interpretation, (ii) a different level of study in the Holy Scriptures, (iii) a different agenda driven by secular values rather than God’s Word. or (iv) a knowingly and willingly departure from HIS Word.
So having re-introduced my stance on Christianity, I’ll leave you until the next post.
Semper Coram Deo.

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