GOLTER'S MUSINGS FEBRUARY 2019

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. (Romans 10:17)

  • Confessing the truth

    febrUARY 7, 2019

    It’s Takes Courage… To confess.


    Especially in the face of opposition.


    President Trump spoke plainly about a “culture that cherishes innocent life.” He did this before the whole nation. In the face of opposition. This took courage.


    The unborn and born are at the very center of the heart of God. He intends to baptize them into His Son’s saving blood and to teach (Matt. 28:18-20).


    A government which abuses its God-given derivative authority is unfaithful to God and to society. God works through the government to establish peace and order (Rom. 13:1-4) and the church to save souls (Matt. 28:18-20; Luke 24:46-49; John 20:23). The devil works through both institutions to work disorder and chaos. His ultimate desire is to exterminate the church, which is not possible.


    The public proclamation against third-term abortion and the allowance to kill a newborn (infanticide) is only a pause, I suggest. The American momentum of wickedness remains in a downward spiral.

    Several thoughts:


    1. God laughs in the heavens at such rising opposition (see Psalm 2:1-6). He will build His Church (Matt. 16:18). Remember how the congregation of unbelievers attempted to build a tower to the heavens (Gen. 11)?


    2. God works the best with an outwardly weak, broken Church, as He did with His Son hanging from the Cross. This foolish message remains God’s tool to convert souls (1 Cor. 1:18-19).


    3. The reversal of abortion laws may happen, but not likely. Infanticide was quite common in the first century during the early days of the Christian Church. Alvin Schmidt (“Under the Influence: How American Christianity Transformed Civilization,” p. 49) details how large families were rare in those days because of infanticide and, that “infant girls were especially vulnerable,” (Ibid). The Church kept confessing the sanctity of life, speaking the truth in the face of opposition. The Council of Lerida (Spain) in 524 condemned abortions (Ibid p. 59).


    Cultures after the Greco-Roman society practiced infanticide, including other acts of hatred against life: child abandonment, abortion, human sacrifice and suicide (Ibid p. 71).


    What shall we do? Emboldened by Christ Himself, the Church confesses the truth about life for the unborn and born and, life in Christ for all sinners.


    Confess, but also do.


    Schmidt details how Afra of Augsburg in the late third century, formerly a prostitute, “developed a ministry to abandoned children of prisoners, thieves, smugglers, pirates, runaway slaves, and brigands,” (Ibid p. 53).


    Broken and bruised consciences abound.


    It takes courage to confess…we can do no other.


    Pastor Golter is the Senior Pastor at Trinity Lutheran