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One of the more striking aspects of the old (German) Missouri Synod was its tenacious attitude toward the words of Holy Scripture. In the German edition of Volume 1 (pages 390-391; English ed. page 323), Pieper summarizes the lofty position of the Lutheran Church, besides that of its pure Doctrine of Justification:
This statement by Pieper reminded me of a pastor in Walther's day who made the following striking statement as reported by Franz Pieper (see here):
Hochstetter even went one step further, naming the "Symbols" or the Lutheran Confessions as below the Scriptures as the source of the teachings of the Lutheran Church. — Would to God today's LC-MS lived up to its "conservative" reputation that is largely based on the old (German) Missouri Synod, not on what is taught by its teachers today.
Now for the ultimate contrast to the above teaching, see Part 2...