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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Hinduism... at Concordia Theological Seminary-Ft. Wayne?

One of the most outrageous statements I have read coming out of the so-called "conservative" Concordia Theological Seminary was by Prof. David P. Scaer.  Below is how I would like to present this quote from him:

Scaer made this statement in footnote #54 on page 51 of his essay "Francis Pieper" in the book "Handbook of Evangelical Theologians" (or pg 136 of this PDF file here).  This statement was made to somewhat refute a quote that Pieper fondly used in his Christian Dogmatics book from the British scholar Monier Monier-Williams.  I have previously written about Monier-Williams beforehand in my blog post "Pieper's Error".  This quote is worthy of repeating again in honor of both Monier-Williams and Pieper:
"In the discharge of my duties for forty years as professor of Sanskrit in the University of Oxford, I have devoted as much time as any man living to the study of the Sacred Books of the East, and I have found the one keynote, the one diapason, so to speak, of all these so-called sacred books, whether it be the Veda of the Brahmans, the Puranas of Siva and Vishnu, the Koran of the Mohammedans, the Zend-Avesta of the Parsees, the Tripitaka of the Buddhists – the one refrain through all – salvation by works. They all say that salvation must be purchased, must be bought with a price, and that the sole price, the sole purchase money, must be our own works and deservings. Our own holy Bible, our sacred Book of the East, is from beginning to end a protest against this doctrine..."
Prof. Scaer professes to be a teacher of Christianity which claims to be the alone saving religion for the world.  But Scaer implies that maybe we should all travel to Asia (like Steve Jobs and many other well known celebrities of our modern world) and try to find the real source of God's Grace!  What utter nonsense!

Maybe Scaer should correct the Wikipedia article on Hinduism which says in its first paragraph:
Among other practices and philosophies, Hinduism includes a wide spectrum of laws and prescriptions of "daily morality" based on karma, dharma, and societal norms.
Scaer should maybe attempt to edit the Wikipedia article so that the teaching of "God's grace" in Hinduism is put in its proper high standing and not in an obscure lower paragraph.  This is apparently the same "grace of God" taught at CTS-FW... and they should know!

Scaer may protest loudly that I have taken this too far.  Although there is one mention of "God's grace" in the Wikipedia article, yet the teaching of God's grace in Christ is completely unknown to Hinduism for the reality is that they too teach salvation by works (as Monier-Williams knew), not by faith in the only Saviour from sin, Christ Jesus.  How do I know this for a certainty?  The Bible tells me so:
1 Corinthians 2:9 – As it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
To all those in the world's religions who have been misguided by this false teaching of Scaer (and others), it is  the Christian religion alone which teaches the way of salvation, not of works but by the faith of the vicarious satisfaction won by Christ on the cross, Christ the Saviour of the world from sin ... i.e. God's grace in Christ Jesus.
John 14:6 – I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

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