Saturday, April 21, 2007

Best Bumper Sticker/Billboard Sign

When we see a Lutheran Church with one of those signboards, we ought to see . . .

+ a message like this proclaimed on the marquee for the community outside to see . . .

+ doctrine like this preached from the pulpit and taught in the classroom for the assembly inside to hear . . .

What is the Sacrament of the Altar?
It is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ under the bread and the wine, instituted by Christ Himself for us Christians to eat and to drink.
Where is this written?
The holy Evangelists Matthew, Mark, Luke, and St. Paul write:
Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night wehn He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: "Take, eat; this is My body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me."
In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, "Drinkf of it, all of you, this cup is the new testament in My blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me."
-- Martin Luther's Small Catechism

+ and practice like this that reflects the marquee and delivers the doctrine at the altar for the faithful to receive the forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation that is found where and only where the Word, and Him Incarnate in His holy Christian and Apostolic Church . . .

  • The Mass is held among us and celebrated with the highest reverence.
  • No one is admitted to the Sacrament without first being examined.
  • The Mass is for the purpose of giving the Sacrament, we have Communion every holy day, and if anyone desires the Sacarament, we offer it also on other days, when it is given to all who ask for it.
  • The pastor "stands . . . at the altar , inviting some to the Communion and keeping back others."
    -- Augsburg Confession, Article XXIV. The Mass

If you can't find Jesus in the bread and wine, it is neither the Lord's Supper that you eat nor a Holy Communion in which you participate. [1 John 4:3]

So why eat bread and drink wine (or grape juice) that delivers nothing but perhaps some vague feeling of peace and unity with Protestants? Or why eat bread and drink wine ( or watch the priest drink wine) that pretends to deliver what man has accomplished for and given to God?

"You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord’s table and of the table of demons." [1 Corinthians 10:21]

Whether signboard, doctrine, or practice, please give us Jesus, please -- every time!


anguskohler said...

Finally someone in the Utah LCMS getting Communion right! You confuse me. I thought that the LCMS practiced open communion. The one in Ogden appears to.

I. M. Abaldy II said...

Far be it from me to be contentious ;^), but it is not I that is confusing you. It appears the one you mention (and those like it) is.

Again Laughing Martin wants to know, if he may be so bold as to ask, what is your connection or experience with the Utah LCMS? Your name evokes fond memories of the folks back home in Sheboygan.