"We ... are papists without a pope" — C.F.W. Walther==>> President Matthew Harrison: Could you also pronounce this terrible message to your LC-MS like Walther did to his old (German) Missouri Synod? But more importantly, can you not see that your "Witness, Mercy, Life Together" (WMLT) program generally misses the mark that Walther brings to his Synod? Maybe you should go back to Walther's "here and now", instead of being so intent on learning from (and justifying the errors of) Hermann Sasse? (see Harrison's Prelude to Letters To Lutheran Pastors, pages lxxxiii-lxxxv)
Underlining follows Walther's emphasis in original. Hypertext links have been copiously added for reference to original sources and on several subjects. Highlighting is mine.
In researching for the translation of this section, I found that Franz Pieper quoted almost the entire Endnote [M] in his Christian Dogmatics, volume 2, page 17 (page 16 of Christliche Dogmatik II). How this shows that Pieper followed Walther (and Luther) and that God granted the old (German) Missouri Synod a second great Lutheran teacher to follow in the footsteps of The American Luther. In another quote, Walther clearly shows that the wicked cannot believe:
...their wicked life is to us a sure sign that they cannot believe they are redeemed, even though they truly are.In contrast, WELS District President Jon Buchholz spoke a muddled message when he said:
There are many impenitent and unbelieving people in the world who embrace God’s forgiveness wrongly and imagine it to be theirs, even while they are living in impenitence and unbelief.And Walther jolts us Lutherans, who may sympathize with the Reformed, with this statement concerning the place of prayer:
... no one acquires grace for themselves through prayer: It is already there in the Word.How is that for objectivity? We don't call down grace, it's already there in God's Word, and through it also in the Sacraments. And then this quote from The American Luther:
Only faith alone brings true love.Now we know why there is so little love in the world, and why Harrison's call for "Witness, Mercy, Life Together" lacks Walther's call for true faith... to believe God at His Word. In the next Part 30...