"As a professor at Walther Theological Seminary I can say that yes, we do teach UOJ." – Rev. James R. Shaw
Monday, October 13, 2014
Comment from Walther Theological Seminary
A comment came in on a previous blog post that I must publish in a new blog post. In that old post, I pointed out that I missed seeing any mention of UOJ (Doctrine of Universal, Objective Justification) in the materials for the new Lutheran seminary in America, the
Dear God! how precious was your notification, that your dear Walther Theological Seminary does indeed teach "UOJ" – Universal, Objective Justification. How wonderful it is to hear this confessed. And might I add how thrilling for me to see the name chosen for your Seminary, the name of Walther! What a leap of faith it was to separate from today's LC-MS and even start a seminary! Surely your detractors in today's LC-MS are legion.
I hope that this name given to your seminary does not become like the statue of Luther at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, which stands in front of a seminary where the term "plastic text" is now not only used for the Bible, but defended by its leaders and spokesmen.
I also hope that the temptation by one of your faculty members to use his training as a "clinical therapist" is set aside in favor of the teaching of UOJ, especially also for "Pastoral Theology". I hope the promise in your Catalog (on page 49) that your teacher of Biblical Counseling "will only use secular Psychology when it can be a servant to what we know is truth" is kept. But that is only a hope, for I have seen first hand how this promise is broken in practice in a thousand different ways, as the teaching of UOJ (i.e. the Gospel) is pushed into the background.
Not only did the Lord raise up a C.F.W. Walther for our modern world to re-ignite the memory of Martin Luther, but do you also realize that the Lord compounded that gift by granting a Second Walther to His Church? His name was Franz Pieper. I hope your dear Walther Theological Seminary makes heavy use also of this greatest theologian of the 20th Century in your training of truly Lutheran pastors.