This post is strictly for my confessional Lutheran brothers and sisters.
I’ve spent some time researching and writing about a network called FiveTwo. If you are a confessional Lutheran within the LCMS, I encourage you to make your acquaintance with the FiveTwo Network and its founder, LCMS Pastor, Bill Woolsey. My encouragement to familiarize yourself with this pastor and his network is a lesson in discernment. You see, whether you realize it or not, FiveTwo is a church planting network and though it’s not directly funded by our synod, it’s leadership is overwhelmingly comprised of rostered LCMS pastors and their sights are firmly set on transforming our synod. I could write of the vast issues I see within FiveTwo, but for anything to get accomplished we, the confessionals, must take ownership of our synod by educating ourselves about the clear and present dangers within this movement.
Therefore, I earnestly encourage you to…
1. Visit http://www.fivetwo.com and peruse what is being taught. I recommend the following posts…
a. Seven marks that say you’re a sacramental entrepreneur
b. Five keys to releasing the sacramental Jesus in others
2. Watch FiveTwo Network’s Vice President, Mark Junkans, video on communion and compare it to scripture and the LCMS confessional position.
3. Listen to Lutheran Public Radio’s Issue’s Etc. and their segment devoted to FiveTwo…
If you are as concerned as I am about FiveTwo implanting roots in your district, then I wholeheartedly encourage you to…
1. Talk to your pastor about your concerns by making him aware of FiveTwo and its teachings.
2. Email, write and/or call your local District President about your concerns. If you do not know who your DP is, click this link to find out. Our Synodical leadership needs to know what is going on and hear our concerns.
3. Spread the word. Talk to your elders and fellow church members about this topic. Share this post with them.
4. Pray for our our synod, our pastors, and our leaders to uphold the integrity of our confessions.
As we find ourselves in the midst of reformation week, let us be reminded that Martin Luther wasn’t trying to innovate, but instead pointed away from trivial innovations of his day. His focus was firmly set on the pure doctrine that had driven the true church throughout the centuries. Let us, in like form, discern these modern attempts at innovation and rest in our confessions which are a treasured result of the blood, sweat and tears born from the laborers of the Reformation.