MARTIN CHEMNITZ PRESS
A MIGHTY FORTRESS LUTHERAN CHURCH
Pastor Gregory L. Jackson, Ph.D.
6421 W. Poinsettia Drive
October 27, 1999
REPENT OF THE TRUTH?
I wondered if people would read my unofficial sites and respond to them. Obviously, they are. The following message is from one of the most unlikely WELS members. No hints. I would have bet a Pentium III that he would never write or agree in any way. The reference to GA is the secret WELS initiation rite.
Beginning of Quote
“My brother avoided the going to the sem because of the GA.
He wants to be in the ministry but the GA stuff is preventing him.
I want to learn as much as I can about the "dark side" of the wels.
I believe there is going to be a "reformation" within the wels and I'd
like to know what's going on.” END OF QUOTE
Imagine my surprise when I received the following email from the dean at Michigan Lutheran Seminary, one of two WELS prep schools. His reference is to this page http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Atlantis/5256/page3.html
Beginning of Quote
“Dear Greg Jackson,
Normally I would just ignore your Website exaggerated comments
built on hearsay, but because the comments made concerning Al
Just were personal I need to respond.
It saddens me and troubles me that even though you have no
firsthand knowledge of the Al Just case involving the death of his
wife, Sharon, you pass a judgment of guilty. It's interesting to me
that Pastor Lloyd Huebner and a large host of collegues [sic], neighbors
and relatives believed Al when he said he was innocent and they
went to testify on his behalf. They knew Al and took him at his
word and so they defended him and spoke well of him. Also,
interesting to me is the fact that Sharon's parents also testified on
behalf of their son-in-law even though he was accused of killing
their daughter. They too knew Al and took him at his word and so
they also defended him and spoke well of him. While none of
these people could see Al's heart they believed his word regardless
of the verdict of guilty of second degree murder that was passed
down by the jury.
Since I believe you also are not able to see a man's heart, and that
you do not have first hand knowledge of Al or the incident I don't
see how you can pass any judgment at all. The most you can do
is offer an opinion or make a guess or speculate based on stories,
second hand reports, etc. To imply that Al is guilty and to refer to
him as "good old Al" is breaking the 8th commandment. I base
that judgment on what you wrote. My judgemnt [sic] is based on fact
and not hearsay. For this you need to repent.
Dean of Students at Michigan Lutheran Seminary in Saginaw, MI
and nephew of Al Just
END OF QUOTATION
The WELS and ELS clergy believe, teach, and confess that discussing doctrinal issues and public scandals can be condemned as a violation of the Eighth Commandment. And yet, to quote one reader, “What you have said about them is nothing compared to what they have said about you!”
The Eighth Commandment does not protect a convicted murderer, nor does it prevent false doctrine from being addressed and repudiated. As Luther wrote, violations of the First Table are more serious than those of the Second Table. A murderer knows whether he killed someone or not, regardless of his plea. The facts have a way of coming out. In OJ Simpson’s case, he admitted his guilt at his wife’s funeral and screamed “OK, I killed the b----!” at Rosie Greer during a prison ministry visit. The prison confession was not allowed, as I recall, because it was held to be protected by the seal of the confessional, an ancient (and good rule) applying to confession to an ordained pastor. If I have the person right, Rosie Greer was a volunteer “lay” minister, as they call them. In my opinion, that does not apply to OJ’s case, especially since it was overheard by witnesses.
If Al Just confessed to a pastor, that minister does not have to reveal the confession to anyone, especially the police. Crimes against children are excluded in some cases. One woman confessed to murdering her child. Luther said, “You harlot! Never do that again.” Such situations place the clergy in a vulnerable position. Nevertheless, in spite of our initial impulses, we have to admit that false teachers (First Table violators) do far more harm than murderers. If someone murders me, and I’m sure that has tempted a few clergy, then I am dead and with Christ in heaven. If someone murders my soul, then I am in Hell for eternity. Worse, if a false teacher in seminary turns me into a false teacher, then I will participate in the murder of souls.
One sign that the great Apostasy is upon is that false teachers are successful beyond the wildest dreams of their Father Below. They deceive others and themselves as well.
Nevertheless, it does no one any good to defend a man justly convicted of murder.