So my blog says that I am escaping the cult of Christian Fundamentalism…and I just left orthodox Lutheranism…so why am I putting up a post endorsing orthodox (fundamentalist) Lutheranism??
Here’s my answer:
1. Orthodox Lutherans are for the most part very warm, kind, generous, non-judgmental people.
2. Orthodox Lutherans love drinking beer, dancing, going to movies; they have no prohibitions on smoking a stogie, playing cards, mixed swimming, and do not have dress codes for women in their churches, as do many other fundamentalist Christian denominations. Orthodox Lutherans are fun people.
3. Orthodox Lutherans do not use a hard-sell when sharing their faith. You won’t see them standing on the street corner yelling at sinners that they will burn in hell.
4. In fact, orthodox Lutherans rarely ever talk about Hell. I have never heard a sermon on Hell in an LCMS church, nor in an LCMS catechism class, nor any other discussion in an LCMS church. Even online, when orthodox Lutherans discuss hell, it is usually referred to as just an eternal separation from God; it involves mental suffering, probably not physical suffering, and very probably not burning.
So why would I want to separate from a bunch of kind, generous, fun, beer drinking orthodox Lutheran Christians?
Answer: Because I’ve never been good at being a phony. I don’t believe any of the doctrines or beliefs of orthodox Christianity anymore. I believe that Jesus lived and died and was a good man…but that’s it.
And, my second reason is: I don’t want my children being taught that the majority of the world is going to suffer for eternity in hell…or that even one person is going to suffer for eternity in hell. And, it doesn’t matter if it is only “mental” suffering. It is still an evil, sadistic belief, whether believed and preached by obnoxious Westboro Baptist-style evangelicals, or by beer drinking, fun-loving, friendly orthodox Lutherans.