UPDATE: Becker resigned from the LCMS. Too bad he’s still a heretic.
When a so-called pastor of the LCMS claims (http://matthewlbecker.blogspot.com/2013/02/one-more-response-to-hrc.html):
“How can any evangelical preacher proclaim that any one specific person who has died is in hell? What arrogance! What idolatry! That is not “rude,” that is blasphemy! What an uncaring, hard-hearted, mean-spirited mindset. It makes the death of Jesus cheap, it limits his atonement, it denies the promise that Paul proclaims in Rom. 11:32 and several other places (1 Cor. 15:22-28, etc.), it rejects the hope that Peter gives in Acts 3:21, it ignores the central affirmation in John 3:16-17”
“The Athanasian Creed errs when it implies that one is saved by a mental work of believing this creed’s humanly-devised dogmatic statements ‘faithfully and firmly’… Its conclusion is simply incorrect. The Athanasian Creed muddles the gospel at precisely this point”
He must be marked and avoided (Rom. 16:17-18) and eventually removed from the roster of the LCMS.
HT: Nicholas @ SteadfastLutherans.org
When you have thrown away the Gospel, this garbage is what you have left:
As he addresses here, it is also moralistic, therapeutic deism:
Flags (even “Christian” flags) don’t belong the in sanctuary of any church. Pr. Larry Beane gives many good reasons. Here’s one:
Another example of the jurisdictional use of national flags involves embassies. The Saudi Embassy, for example, is located in Washington, DC. But it does not fly the U.S. flag. Embassies are outposts of the countries they serve, and the Saudi Embassy in Washington is actually “Saudi soil” (not sand in Washington!). U.S. law does not apply there. The Saudi flag is indicative of sovereignty and jurisdiction.In a sense, the church (whose space we sometimes call the “nave” – that is, the “ship”) is like a ship or an embassy that flies under its own flag. Churches, though located in the U.S. or Canada or Russia or Ethiopia – are actually missions or consulates or embassies of heaven. The sovereign of the Church is not the king or the queen or the president — but the King of Kings, the Lord Jesus Christ, He who said, “My kingdom is not of this world,” He who rebuffed Satan’s temptations to give Him all of the kingdoms of the world.
If the Book of Concord has ceased being an accurate description of doctrine and practice in a given congregation, either the pastor of that congregation should preach and teach in order to bring the congregation back into communion with those confessions, or pastor and parish should both openly renounce the Lutheran confessions and leave our fellowship. Integrity demands it. It is openly hypocritical to stand before the holy altar and pledge fealty to confessions that one feels he is free to ignore.