The new book, The Essential Forde, is Pseudo-Forde (9)

Therefore, what about homosexuality? Forde was a strong defender of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. He opposed the gay agenda on the basis of the harm it does to the social order, the family, and the need of children for a mother and a father. He used reason and the wisdom of the Bible and tradition in his arguments, but he never claimed that the issue is settled by the Bible. He never claimed that Ten Commandments give us “divine law” or that moral law found in the New Testament is “God’s answer.”

In contrast, his Lutheran Quarterly editors regard the issue of homosexuality as settled by divine law which they have access to in the Bible.

A detailed comparison of the two contrasting positions is available in a tabular format here.

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The new book, The Essential Forde, is pseudo-Forde (8)

The Lutheran understanding of two kingdoms is intrinsic to Lutheran theology. The two kingdoms are simply another way of stating what we mean by law and gospel. Below are excerpts from Forde on the doctrine of two kingdoms, showing its fundamental contours:

  1. The two kingdoms
  2. The status of the Christian as simultaneously totus justus et totus peccator
  3. The gospel limits and humanizes the law
  4. The hiddenness of the Christian life

In contrast, Forde’s Lutheran Quarterly editors fail to properly distinguish law and gospel and thus fail to
present Forde accurately on the two kingdoms, as the tables linked here show.

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Canadian Anglicans: No members, attenders, or givers by 2040

Big news from Canada: There will be no members, attenders, or givers in the Anglican Church of Canada by approximately 2040. The Anglican Church of Canada is declining faster than any other Anglican Province other than The Episcopal Church, which has an even greater rate of decline.

The decline of these churches matters for ELCA Lutherans because the ELCA voted in 1999 to change its constitution to require the threefold sacramental priesthood of The Episcopal Church. The process of building an Episcopal priesthood within the ELCA is not yet complete, although it continues apace.

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