Pastor's Notebook

 Dear Friends in Christ,

Dear Friends in Christ, I may have mentioned before the writings of a LCMS pastor, Scott Murray, who is also a vice-president of the LCMS. His daily devotionals are some of the best of which I know. He usually has a Scripture text, followed by his own thoughts, which have been also influenced by a church father and/or Dr. Martin Luther.

            Below is a reprint (slightly edited) from his devotion of May 22. It is based on 2 Corinthians 11: 1-15, and titled “His alone.” I have always had an interest and a concern for the church/Christians in America who are tempted to be silent in expressing their faith to family and friends through explicit speaking of God's Law and Gospel—that is, His will that shows our sin and great need for a Savior, and His Good News that the Savior is Jesus for us.

            Sometimes the word “universalism” is used to express that all people will be saved no matter what they believe or in whom they trust (themselves, or their own goodness; or another god or gods or “religion.”). This devotion speaks to the American Christian and our current temptation to relativize “truth,” even to such an extent that we even can't speak clearly of what our own eyes tell us!

            This weakness of the Christian church is not something that “just happened.” It is due to “false teaching” and “false teachers” that have influenced our people. And these influences have come in many different forms, outside of the Word of God and Christ-Centered churches that faithfully proclaim and distinguish God's Law and Gospel. But, it’s not just society, or the world, that is the problem. The point of St. Paul in the text above is that there are also false teachers “inside the church” who deceive many. Do not be deceived: the world in which we live is proclaiming a “truth” that is false and deceptive. The answer to such influence is to hear and follow the voice of your God and Savior, who will never lie, and IS the Truth. Come to church and be strengthened for your life in the world, and your witness to “the living God, the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe,” (1 Timothy 4:10) in your words and deeds!


                                                                                                 Blessings in the Truth!


Pastor Engler






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