Why Do Some Leave? Root Cause Analysis on Why Some Pastors Leave the Lutheran Church
My good friend, Pastor William Weedon, and I, were recently lamenting the loss of yet another fine pastor to another communion. He put some thoughts down in an e-mail and I thought they were so spot-on that I asked him if I could share them on my blog, if he was not going to post them. He said, ok, so here you go:
Such is life in the Church militant. We’re not in the Church triumphant yet, and so the battle goes on. We lose good men, men who perhaps came to loved Lutheranism for the trappings that Lutheranism itself identifies as fitting, but absolutely nonessential. To make of the nonessential the essential, to delight first and foremost in that which is of man and not divinely mandated, is to move outside of Lutheranism in one’s heart. Always remember Loehe’s solemn protest against an overestimation of externals – better to have no liturgy and pure gospel than the most resplendent service and falsification of the truth. Of course, the best of all is to have neither such overestimation nor such falsification!