A Lutheran “Pastor” and His Long Distance Congregation
The dangers of the Internet extend beyond the naughty things we know are out there, to naughty theology and scandalous practice. I cite but one recent example. There is a man who used to be a Lutheran pastor, but who has left or has been kicked out of the full range of Lutheran churches in the USA, including the LCA, the LCMS, the WELS, and the ultra-tiny CLC. He now offers a little Internet worship service out of a spare bedroom in his house and claims to have a “congregation.” His sermons are appallingly bad, rambling rants about all things wrong with Lutheranism, real or imagined. But it gets even worse than this.I was sent this explanation by one of his “members” of what goes on. This is a classic example of a cult leader misguiding and misleading his little sect. This man also has, for years, opposed the Gospel of the full and free salvation won for the world on the cross. Here is what I was given today. He has his Internet congregants put their bread and wine in front of their computer monitors and then he claims to consecrate the elements via Internet. Pathetic, isn’t it?
I’m a member of Pastor XYZ’s Bethany Lutheran Church. Each family that attends the services either the live broadcast or replaying the recording has the bread and wine set for providing communion to themselves and their families. Pastor XYZ follows the TLH order for Communion service. He consecrates the elements of Holy Communion for those with him and for those attending in their homes around the world. It is rightly distributed. It is my responsibility as head of my household to ensure that those who I distribute Christ’s body and blood to understand the nature and purpose of Holy Communion and that it’s taken in a confession of faith in Christ alone. This happens in each home. You seem to be saying that Christ’s Word is not effective over the phone wires or when purely taught and heard over the internet? Is this true?