I once told a student at Valparaiso University who wanted to know what the Missouri Synod held against the ALC that the ALC was being charged as “worshipping their own belly rather than the Lord Jesus Christ.” The student replied that in his observation the Missourians ate better and drank more than the ALC men. O.P. opined that the student had a point and that the isolationists better improve on their exegesis.The ALC synod was the adversary that Franz Pieper spoke about in his Last Words For The Missouri Synod. The ALC eventually merged into what is known today as the ELCA, a lost "Lutheran" American synod. But you know what? Today's (English) LC-MS (Graebner Synod) is partially responsible for free-fall from Christian doctrine.
How clear the Romans 16 passage is! And yet they sneered at it! O.P. Kretzmann was thought to be a "Missourian", but alas, he was not. Neither is today's LC-MS, which is thought by many to have "Missourian" roots.
Yes Valparaiso University, this is you. You are not a Lutheran university, not a Christian university even though you may think you are. Even your founding father W.H.T. Dau, a contemporary of Franz Pieper, was on shaky ground, let alone O.P. Kretzmann who laughed at God's Word.