Now we come to Pieper's portion on Walther's teaching on the Public Ministry, or the "pastoral office".
At this point, Prof. McLaughlin broke this article in Lehre und Wehre into a separate month issue of the Orthodox Lutheran Theologian. So below is what I either call "Part 10" of the OLT or Part 7b of the LuW series. I have given it the title "The Ministry II".
There is much to learn from Walther on not only the Ministry, but also the layman's role in the Church. I have been refreshed as I read each portion. One particular point in this installment refutes the error of Pastor Wilhelm Loehe, a favorite teacher for many in today's LC-MS, especially Prof. John T. Pless. There are other writers today who point out the errors of today's LC-MS in regards to its practice of denying laymen the right to judge and speak on matters of doctrine. The pages of the newspaper Christian News often report of them (search "pro-Loehe" on his site). And Pastor Jack Cascione is an ardent writer on this topic and seems to have a good understanding of Walther's teaching, largely because he defends Universal, Objective Justification.
The next post will be Part 8 – Church Government.