Here’s exactly the main problem with "mainline" Christianity

This video is of Tim Christensen. He’s the pastor of Gold Hill Lutheran Church in Butte, Montana. It also turns out that something was more important than him, you know, being a pastor yesterday.

Now, I have no problem with legitimate Lutherans. Sure, I disagree with some things, but ol’ Martin was kind of important in church history. You know, like that whole Protestant Reformation and such.

Reformer, theologian, and expert purveyor of fart jokes.

And Christensen just crapped all over that and what Jesus did to start this whole Christianity thing. He just dipped out on his church to go watch his football game, which happened to infringe on his church service.

But he actually did us all a favor in exposing what mainline liberal Christianity’s real problem. It’s not about Jesus and getting closer to and becoming more like him. It’s self-help, mushy, self-esteem, idolatrous bullshit.

It’s taken out of context, but Luther’s own words can be used here.

“Why would anyone tolerate such things from someone like you, a rotten paunch, crude ass and fart-ass?” – Martin Luther, Against the Roman Papacy

Why should anyone tolerate such things from someone who’s supposed to be a leader at that church? They shouldn’t. But too many do. And that’s why liberal Christian denominations are shrinking by the truckload.

EDIT: Yes, I’m now aware that it’s come out that this was a joke, but the delivery is still poor in that the YouTube video only showed the joke without the proceeding service. It also doesn’t negate my other points.

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Controversial Lutheran pastor is heretical in a way not publicized

Recently, this Nadia Bolz-Weber character has been in the news a lot. She’s a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, is covered in tattoos and apparently likes to say words old white guys don’t like.

I have no qualms with this picture.

The latter two things are issues I really don’t care about. As one who is theologically conservative, I do take issue with a woman being a pastor, as pastors/elders/bishops (all the same Greek word) are to be men, as per several Biblical passages. That’s probably where her theology starts crumbling in the first place.

Tom Brock, another Lutheran pastor, says he thumbed through Bolz-Weber’s book recently. Here’s what he first had to say.

I flipped through her new book and she repeatedly uses the “f” word, referring to the 12 disciples as a “bunch of “f” ups”.

As I’ve already established, I really don’t care about that part. But here’s where things get seriously shaky. He quotes from the book.

“And just to be clear: The cross is not about God as divine child abuser sadly sending his little boy off to be killed because we were bad and well, somebody had to pay.”

He then correctly contrasts this with 1 Corinthians 15:3.

“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures.”

And for more context, let’s see just how important this is just a few verses later in 1 Corinthians 15:17.

“And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.”

That’s kind of a big deal.

Of course, the ELCA (note that I don’t have a problem with all Lutherans, but I’ll call out BS when it should be) doesn’t exactly have the most Scripturally-sound track record in the world.

But this is still a big deal.

Like a lot.