The Apostle Paul instructs the young pastor Timothy to “wage the good warfare, holding faith and a good conscience” (I Tim. 1:18-19) and to “continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed” (II Tim. 3:14) while enduring suffering (II Tim. 4:5). Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted (II Tim. 3:12).
Any encouragement to not wage the good warfare is harmful both to pastors-in-training and to the congregations they will serve. Yet, it is not uncommon that seminary students and vicars are steered to go against God’s Word, the Lutheran Confessions, and their consciences instead of standing up for what is right and true.
Sometimes, seminary students are told to . . . Read All