Thursday, July 1, 2010

Stand With Us

If you haven't done so as of yet, please consider our request that you -

Stand With Us!

“Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you” (Phil. 1:27-28a).

United in agreement under the Lutheran Book of Concord of 1580, and fully confident in this confession, we Lutherans stand, without fear, to face the issues which threaten our unity. We stand publicly. We stand, as members of WELS, in our own name. We stand to address divisive issues, and contend for the truth of Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions. And we invite you, dear brother, to stand with us.

In what do we invite you to join “with intrepid heart, willing to appear before the judgment seat of Christ?” To what do we ask you, with great consent, to subscribe your name? To the Biblical and Confessional contents of What We Believe. We are not asking you to subscribe to the contents of every post and comment that will appear on this blog.

Who is included in your consent and subscription? Only you. Not your family. Not your congregation. Not your calling body. By subscribing you only represent yourself, as an individual member of the WELS, and in no way represent any other individual or group of individuals.

What do we require of you, to seal your subscription? Your name, title, city and state of residence, and an email address at which we can contact you in an effort to verify your identity. Only your name, title, city and state will be added to the public list of subscribers.

Are you an Intrepid Lutheran? Then join us, and stand with us, for true confessional Lutheran unity in the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod.

Please go to the "Stand With Us" page on this blog and -

Stand With Us!

Thank you!


AP said...

When thinking about whether or not to join Intrepdid Lutherans openly, a little bit from my favorite novel came into my head. Please allow me to share a thought from Herman Melville's "Moby Dick":

"This shipmates, this is that other lesson; and woe to the pilot of the living God who slights it. Woe to him who this word charms from Gospel duty! Woe to him who seeks to pour oil upon the waters when God has brewed them into a gale! Woe to him who seeks to please rather than to appal! Woe to him whose good name is more to him than goodness! Woe to him who, in this world, courts not dishonor! Woe to him who would not be true, even though to be false were salvation!. Yea, woe to him who, as the great pilot Paul has it, while preaching to others is himself a castaway!"

Again, just a thought, not an admonition.

Dr. Aaron Palmer

Joe Krohn said...

I believe this blog is a worthy effort!!! That being said, I think it is somewhat of an enigma. On the one hand the blog stands for unity and yet to force the issue to stand with you publicly causes division. I think by the mere fact that you have folks posting with their real names is already a testament to the blog and the folks who sign their name when they post. Where we stand will be obvious enough by the words we carefully put down here. Just my humble opinion...

Joe Krohn

Rev. Paul A. Rydecki said...

I understand your point, Joe. Working toward 400,000 subscribers, one signature at a time...

We also know that not everyone who agrees with us will sign their name to the beliefs section on this blog (or even read this blog). We certainly don't fault them for that, or mean to imply that a non-signer is a non-confessional Lutheran. We do hope they're taking a stand in their own place and in their own way.

Sometimes, in order for people to realize that there are real and urgent issues that need dealing with, it helps to have a group of people standing up and waving their arms to call attention to the issues. The larger the group is, the harder the issues are to ignore. That's what we're hoping to accomplish with the "Stand With Us" on this blog.

Lisette Anne Lopez said...

I agree with Rev. Paul A. Rydecki. It's true.

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