PILOT KNOB LUTHERAN COMMUNIQUÉ
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Acts 5:26-29 . . . The temple guards arrested the (Apostles). “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name,” he said. “Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man’s blood.” Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than men!
I was rereading a short and powerful book by Erwin W. Lutzer, When A Nation Forgets God. He points out seven lessons America had better learn from Nazi Germany because there are some chilling similarities between Nazi Germany and America.
The first warning is, “When God is separated from government, judgment follows.” What’s interesting is that Hitler did not discourage people from attending church as long as it didn’t affect the way they lived or the values they held; as long as what was taught and what was believed were in harmony with the god of the German people. This he called “Positive Christianity.”
After taking office he did all he could under the catch words, “freedom and tolerance,” to remove all Christian influence from government policy. To do this he would have to marginalize the church’s values and convictions. I remember a number of years ago someone with political authority warning a sitting president that his religious convictions are private and must not influence his work in the White House. Not only is that absurd but impossible. We all have a ‘religious’ world view, even atheists, and it determines how we view everything and is the foundation for our values.
Unfortunately, at that time the Lutheran church had a strong emphasis on pietism, “the worship of God within the heart.” In large part they were opposed to biblical scholarship. As a result, “their churches were not equipping members to stand against the abuses that were developing around them.” Consequently, many pastors bought into the language and empty promises of tolerance and freedom.
I believe the worst thing a church can do to its members is not to teach all of God’s word or just the parts that bring comfort. The bible is a double-edged sword, Law and Gospel, not just easy, greasy grace as stated by D. Bonhoeffer. Not to preach and teach the whole council of God is not to equipping or preparing Christians for what lays ahead or how to rightfully handle life.
No politician is the answer to America’s problems or her future. However, God’s inerrant word and you are the answer. As the apostles did, we too must do; teach and share the finished work of Jesus Christ for there is no higher authority in the world.
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Remember Billy Lawrence, Jan Able and Ruth Sunne – surgery/recovery, also the Jennings family.
Sunday 26, 9:00 Morning worship. Sermon: A Glimpse of Heaven
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