Refuting Libel Against Concordia Publishing House
I've been pondering whether or not to respond to defamatory libel printed in Christian News
now several times recently. For years the editor of this weekly
publication has printed spurious nonsense about yours truly, which I
have, and will continue, simply to ignore, not dignifying it with any
sort of response. That is of no concern to me. But lately he has taken
to accusing Concordia Publishing House of ignoring and violating a
Synodical convention resolution because we have published an edition of
the Synodical Explanation of the Small Catechism using the English
Standard Version for the proof texts. This assertion is a lie.
The facts are these: at the same convention that adopted the Lutheran Service Book
hymnal there was specific convention action to make sure that the translation of words from the Bible in Martin Luther's Small Catechism, the Enchiridion, would not be
changed when it was printed in the hymnal. And they have not been
changed, neither in the hymnal nor in any printing of the Small
Catechism since the convention. The Enchiridion remains word-for-word
the same as it has been since the translation was approved by the Synod
in convention in 1986. The editor's typical "shoot first, ask questions later"
approach to his so-called "journalism" has again resulted in his
publication of falsehood in his newspaper.
What the editor foolishly fails to distinguish, in his zeal to
trash-talk Concordia Publishing House, is that there was no such
resolution concerning the Synodical Explanation of the Catechism, and in light of
literally hundreds of pastors asking us for an ESV edition of the
Explanation, this is what was published. The editor of Christian News
is printing defamatory assertions concerning the Missouri Synod's
publishing company, and doing so repeatedly.
It would be nice
to think that the editor would print, without equivocation or
qualification, a forthright statement of retraction and an apology to Concordia Publishing House.