09 April 2010

Lewis Carroll rules!

This headline did not surprise me:

ELCA Head Affirms Commitment to Centrality of Scripture.

In the article, Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson says, "we share a commitment to proclaim to the whole world the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ, to serve our neighbor, and to build a world of justice and peace."

The problem with the ELCA's proclamation was neatly summed up by H. Richard Niebuhr 50 years before the ELCA was born: "A God without wrath brought men without sin into a kingdom without judgment through the ministrations of a Christ without a cross.”

The ELCA uses words like salvation, evangelical, Law and Gospel, even sin. But the normative theologian seems to be a Lewis Carroll character
'When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, 'it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less.'
They were sitting on the wall. They have had a great fall. I do not think they will be put together again.

So sad.

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