Preaching to the saints of the Lutheran Church at Christ-Elkhart and Faith-Hugoton in Kansas since February 8, 2015. All sermons prior to that date were preached either at Trinity Lutheran Church-Layton or First Lutheran Church-Tooele, Utah.
Worship Always Teaches Something: What will it be among US?
I came across this salient observation in today's "Patriot Post,"http://patriotpost.us/:
"No matter what, the law will teach. It will either teach that marriage exists as a natural institution with public purposes and meanings, centered around bridging the gender divide, and bringing together one man and one woman to share their lives as husband and wife and to become father and mother to their children, or it will teach that marriage is a mere creation of the state, recognizing and condoning the private sexual choices of adults, and intended merely to fulfill adult desires. There is no other option; one or the other will become normative... We can only hope that judges and policy makers will heed... [these] warnings before it is too late." ——Robert George & Ryan Anderson
Now let me take the liberty (if such liberty is not reserved only for Contemporary Worship, Church Growth, and open Communion advocates) to paraphrase:
No matter what, the worship service will teach. It will either teach the mysterium fidei that Christ is present to lead us to receive His very body and blood at His table, and unites us in His death and resurrection; or it will teach that worship is a mere creation of the church and her people, recognizing and condoning the private idolatrous choices of free will, and intended merely to fulfill whatever free will desires. There is no other option; one or the other will become normative... We can only hope that our pastors and congregations, if not our elected and appointed officials, will heed... [these] warnings before it is too late.
Insofar as this sermon is a true proclamation of the Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ, it belongs to Him and His Church. Therefore its use is free to all who deem it worthy and beneficial.
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