As a Lutheran layman, formerly WELS now LCMS, I behaved myself for almost fifty years. Then about ten years ago I found myself at odds with my church's doctrine of church fellowship. Although my dispute was ostensibly about church practice, it was theology-based, exposing more serious disagreements concering the proper use of the Law, the unconditionality of the Gospel, Christian liberty and the assurance of my salvation. The whole experience was bitter sweet. It led to my departure from the WELS but it gave me the freedom to explore theologies outside my parochial ken. After following rabbit trails hither and yon, I returned to Luther himself and a happy discovery of the largely incredible and vastly unpopular implications of his theology of the cross - something I had not previously understood and certainly could find no where else in Christendom. In fact, Luther himself seemed largely absent from modern Christian thought - a rather sad commentary on something. Perhaps he will fare better among the postmoderns, though so far I have found no evidence of that.
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