The Lutheran Witness

Beware of spiritual Trojan horses

Comments (4)
  1. Linda says:

    The United States itself, a “Christian” nation, has been a Trojan horse for some time, in that abortion and same-sex marriages are legal, leading Americans to believe that these two lifestyle choices are appropriate for its Christian citizens, when these two sins are specifically taught against in the Bible.

  2. Mark Rychel says:

    It is unfortunate that the LCMS does not take the lead on providing media for young adults in a day and age where YOUTUBE and other similar media are a major source of information . It is difficult for Pastors and congregational leaders to pour through my myriad of material to find and in many situations alter that material to reflect what we as Lutherans believe. It is difficult to weed through these Trojan Horses.

    I love my hymnal, as a foundation of Lutheranism its great. We need younger presenters on YouTube and on social media, to maintain the attention of young people that learn differently than much of the leadership of the LCMS did or do now. That is in no way meant to be disrespectful or critical. It a matter of translating the Good News as the printing press did in Luther’s time to the young people using the internet today.

    1. Rev. Steve Bagnall says:

      Here are two excellent LCMS YouTube channels for youth.

      Worldview Everlasting

      https://www.youtube.com/user/Revfiskj

      Higher Things

      https://www.youtube.com/user/htdtbl

  3. Carl H says:

    “But test everything; hold fast what is good.” (1 Thess. 5:21 ESV)

    A lifelong LCMS Lutheran, I’ve found that scrutiny of trusted Lutheran publications can also be worthwhile. LSB 555, for example, says, “The Law is but a mirror bright,” whereas we actually recognize three uses of the Law. And LSB 596 says that we were born “condemned and lost with all the earth,” whereas God already chose us “before the foundation of the world”. (Eph. 1:4)

    It helps to read even Luther’s own works critically. For example, Luther’s seven marks of the Church omits a mark that Jesus himself emphasized: love for one another. (John 13:35) And the Large Catechism (Fourth Commandment) says that God does not command us to honor “brothers, sisters, and our neighbors in general,” whereas the Bible exhorts us plainly, “Honor everyone.” (1 Peter 2:17 ESV)

    “Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me.” (Ps. 43:2 ESV)