In the last Part, Mueller names names of those whom Pieper had to defend the Christian doctrine against – they were all well-known German theologians: Ihmels, Schleiermacher, Ritschl, Hofmann. It was their type of teaching that caused some of the German Lutherans to depart their fatherland and travel to the New World – America – so that they could flee the tyranny that was destroying true Lutheran (i.e. Christian) teaching. But what about the other groups that I mentioned earlier, the other American Lutherans, and even another member of the Synodical Conference? I will have more to say on these later...
In this section, Luther is brought to bear on the subject matter of this essay. Prof. Mueller shows that he did not follow the new path that most were following in the emerging new (English) Missouri Synod even in 1934. He makes a striking statement that would be overlooked by others surrounding him:
...Dr. Pieper here walks completely in the steps of the great reformer [Martin Luther].Could it be that Prof. John Theodore Mueller was the first to say:
in Christ's Work of Reconciliation.
Mueller makes a statement above that cannot be ignored:
Lutheran theologians are accustomed to base their theology on Luther, as the great model Scripture theologian.So what does that make an LC-MS professor who now uses the phrase "plastic text" in relation to the Bible? Although there is much reasoning and cleverness attempting to explain this phrase, yet the phrase itself tells the story. It would seem that this professor is not a Lutheran theologian, but a "Lutheran" theologian. As Luther puts it: "our reason and cleverness will long not find [God]".
In the next Part 6a is the conclusion of Mueller's essay ... "But enough".