“The Truth that Christ is the real Teacher in the Church is of great practical importance. It earnestly warns men against teaching their own word in the church. They that presume to do so are encroaching on the prophetic (and Royal) office of Christ, who will have only His Word proclaimed in the Church. Every False doctrine is lese majesty. Not only the Papists, but all who teach “without, or contrary to, God’s Word” are rebelling against Christ. They are antichrists, 1 John 2:18. The modern indifference towards heresy is criminal.” (Pieper, Christian Dogmatics, Vol. II pg. 341)
One could easily comment on the ELCA’s most recent laps of doctrinal judgment in relation to this. But I don’t much want to as most Christians can see the problem there. What gets me is that most are just as guilty in other areas. The other day I had a conversation with a Baptist minister who complained of being forgetful since he turned 21. I told him he shouldn’t drink so much then. He replied it is only once a month, and then it is grape juice. At which point I told him he really didn’t want to go there as it would turn this cordial conversation ugly fast. At that point he told me “I don’t have a problem with wine at Holy Communion, but the people would be scandalized so I don’t do it.” This is doctrinal indifference at its peak. These Baptists and Evangelicals want to rage about inerrancy, and inspiration, yet they don’t give a rodent’s behind what the Bible actually says. Don’t have a problem using the elements Christ used to institute his last will and Testament? Really! You don’t have a problem with us who follow Christ’s word. I’m supposed to be comforted because I have your approval for doing so?
I’ll tell you what I have a problem with using Grape Juice. I have a problem messing with any one’s last will and Testament, but I have a serious problem with people willy nilly hacking the Lord Jesus Christ’s last will and Testament and not giving two figs about it, being so luke warm as to tell me they don’t have a problem using wine either. As if Christ had never run into an alcoholic, or didn’t know about grape Juice. He could have used water if he wanted to. He didn’t he used wine, and meant to use wine. He means for us to use wine. This is lese majesty in the worst way. That is an affront to Christ. It is as Pieper says criminal that anyone who claims to believe in Christ, would be so presumptuous to dismiss Christ’s majesty in such a casual manner. At the bottom of all this you find that the fundamentalists in Baptist and Evangelical circles, and the Liberals of the ELCA have the same attitude towards scripture, neither could care less what it actually says. The only difference between the two is homophobia on behalf of the fundamentalists.