Every once in a while something happens that shouldn’t happen. Something is out of place. I don’t mean the commercials that the devil does on a regular basis. I mean things like cats and dogs living together.
So this Saturday morning I went over to Concordia Publishing for their annual warehouse sale. Since I am in Saint Louis, I could throw a rock and hit something Catholic or Lutheran and Corcordia is literally five minutes from my home. So I went to pick up some kids books and see if there was anything Lutheran that I wanted to buy at discount.
I am looking through the theology section and I find a book that looks promising. I intend to buy it, but before I leave I see another book. It is a pro-LDS book unfortunately published by Eerdmans some time ago. I have looked at the book in the past, specificallythe sections where the LDS try to co-opt early church sources particularly on theosis. It contains all of the usual mistakes that occur when the LDS bumble through the Fathers.
But this floored me. Between all of the Rome-is-the-whore-of Babylon texts, whether recent or from the era of Lutheran scholasticism, and all of the Luther-is-our-only-real-church-father books, there is a pro-Mormon text. So, being me, I complained.
I told the clerk that I knew that she didn’t order the book, but that seeing that this was Concordia Publishing bookstore, they shouldn’t have Mormon books. Someone of a managerial status came over to investigate and stated that all of their books go through a process of theological review. I replied to the effect that somehow they must have missed this one since it was Mormon! Besides, they wouldn’t sell pro-Roman works and Rome is Trinitarian! He noted that the book had been on the shelf for two years and it hadn’t sold. I noted that this was probably a good thing as they shouldn’t have the book at all.
What is the world coming to when I can’t even count on the Lutherans to protest crass heresy?