Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Gottesdienst Online and Matthew Becker

I thought it a bit curious that Becker's controversial musings on his blog were receiving so little notice. Or so I thought. Unbeknownst to me until a chance comment on Becker's site, there has been quite a bit of conversation going on over at the Gottesdienst blog. Although clearly in a minority, Becker is to be credited with being as open as he is with his views. With 52 separate comments to comb through, you can get a fairly good idea of the current response to Becker's recent 'coming out' efforts.

This, however, is only the second installment on the issue. The article that first responded to Becker occurred already on Thursday, the day of his post to which I responded. "SELK: Reports of Our Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated" itself generated no less than 87 comments! I read and scanned a good deal of it. Great discussion and worth time in reading. Since the abundant material there speaks for itself, I will not even attempt to summarize or analyze.

If you want to jump in and get a feel for the debate, go over to Gottesdienst and read. You may, though, want to get a cup of coffee first. It's gonna take a few minutes.....

P.S. It would appear that the possibility exists that charges could be filed against Dr. Becker for false teaching. He was more than once admonished to do the honest thing and leave the Synod with which he so adamantly disagrees. He was called to repent. However, he sees nothing wrong with his views and convictions and certainly no reason he should leave the LCMS. As I stated in an early post I do not understand those who remain in a church body, attempting to change it, when they could just as easily leave and join another with which they are more attuned.

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