CM4c: Pieper's essay "Church & Church Government", in English (1896 Missouri convention)
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      This continues from Part CM4b (Table of Contents in Part CM1) in a series defending Walther against a false portrayal by LC-MS President Matthew Harrison on the doctrines of Church and Ministry. — The following 1896 essay delivered by Franz Pieper to the Missouri Synod convention is on the "hot topic" of the matter of "Church Government" and has ties to the doctrines of the Church and the Ministry. Because of its importance for the Lutheran Church today, I decided to spend time polishing an English translation so that it may be more accessible to today's readers ..read more
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CM4b: Preger: Loehe & Kliefoth deny Justification (Pieper recommends Preger) (II)
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      This continues from Part CM4a (Table of Contents in Part CM1) in a series defending Walther against a false portrayal by LC-MS President Matthew Harrison on the doctrines of Church and Ministry. —      To follow up the last post on Pieper's teaching, we find that he made an intriguing reference to a noted German theologian from Munich, Wilhelm Preger [de.wikipedia.org].  What did Pieper say about him? We find that on the same page, fn # 5: Preger, Die Gesch. d. L. v. geistl. Amt, 1857 (fine collection of words of Luther, pp. 170—1 ..read more
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CM4a: Pieper follows Walther on Church & Ministry (I); Pieper, "our greatest theologian"?
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     This continues from Part CM3 (Table of Contents in Part CM1) in a series defending Walther against a false portrayal by LC-MS President Matthew Harrison on the doctrines of Church and Ministry. — One naturally asks the question in all this controversy how the teaching of Franz Pieper fits in.  Did he follow Walther in opposing Loehe and Kliefoth in their teaching on Church and Ministry?    Without going into further details, we quote from his Christian Dogmatics, vol. 3, p. 447 (also Christliche Dogmatik 3, 511): "… (Muenchmeyer, Loehe, Kliefoth ..read more
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CM3: Walther's Antitheses (against Loehe & Harrison) to Church and Ministry
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      This continues from Part CM2 (Table of Contents in Part CM1) in a series defending Walther against a false portrayal by LC-MS President Matthew Harrison on the doctrines of Church and Ministry. — While studying Pieper's great essay "C. F. W. Walther as Theologian" in Part CM2, I found him referring to an essay in Lehre und Wehre authored by Walther that outlined his "Antitheses" to his Theses in his book Church and Ministry. These were printed in the Lehre und Wehre, vol. 16 (1870), pp. 161-187 [EN]. If one wants to better understand Walther's motive for writing ..read more
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CM1c: Harless's propositions (III) (w/ notes)
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2w ago
      This continues from Part CM1b (Table of Contents in Part CM1) in a series defending Walther against a false portrayal by LC-MS President Matthew Harrison on the doctrines of Church and Ministry. — This concludes Walther's book review of Dr. Adolf Harless's pamphlet. The following abbreviated listing is a selection chosen to highlight the main aspects of how Harless mirrors Walther's teaching. — From Der Lutheraner, vol. 10 (1854), pp. 170-172:  - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Church and Ministry by Dr. G. Chr. Adolph Harless [Review by C. F. W. Walthe ..read more
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CM1: Harrison's false claims of Walther on Church & Ministry: Harless's Kirche und Amt (Part 1 of 10)
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3w ago
     The doctrines of Church and Ministry are a major focus for the leaders and teachers of the LC-MS today.  Towards this, President Matthew Harrison put a massive effort into his 2012 re-translation of Walther's Kirche und Amt book, Church and Office, promoting the notion that his theology is the same as C. F. W. Walther's. (I have blogged before on this 4 years ago.) Harrison brought in his "sainted teacher, the Rev. Dr. Kurt Marquart" to support his own assertions. The scholarship that went into this book is striking, citing many sources and resour ..read more
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Did Melanchthon teach Luther the Gospel? Or vice versa?
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      Sometimes one discovers something that previously stared them in the face, but went unrecognized. That was the case while re-reading my series "The 'Carrying' of Melanchthon on the Part of Luther" a year ago. In Part 3 of that series Walther quoted Melanchthon, saying that the quote came from "a particularly splendid confession of Melanchthon in the testament which he wrote in 1539 in a premonition of death." In the language of Melanchthon, Latin, he wrote in his Testimony:  "Ago autem gratias Reverendo D. Doctori Martino Luthero, primum, quia ab ipso Evangelium did ..read more
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RH14: Antichrist, Usury, Orthodoxy, Predestination, Regeneration, Sunday/Sabbath
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      This concludes from Part 13 (Table of Contents in Part 1) in a series presenting Pastor's Hochstetter's critique of an 1881 German pamphlet on the Old Missouri Synod. — This completes a listing of the criticisms from Germany, starting with the major one on the Antichrist, against the Missourians by Pastor Rudolf Hoffmann. These are covered in Hoffmann pp. 28-29. What follows are quotes from Hoffmann, then my in-line critiques. The final grouping is under the umbrella of the theologians of "Lutheran Orthodoxy":  Antichrist: Hoffmann: “Just listen to t ..read more
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RH13: Appendix: exegesis, Revelation, confessionalism
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      This continues from Part 12 (Table of Contents in Part 1) in a series presenting Pastor's Hochstetter's critique of an 1881 German pamphlet on the Old Missouri Synod. — This segment does not contain Hochstetter's critique because he did not cover these points. That could be because he spent so much space on the doctrine of the Church and Church Government.  Or it could be because he was not given enough space to fully address all the points made by Hoffmann. Whatever the reason, the following criticisms were leveled against the Missourians, and therefore call for a re ..read more
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RH12: Walther’s lament - don’t be another United Church; Iowa-Ohio shamed by German pastor
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   This continues from Part 11 (Table of Contents in Part 1) in a series presenting Pastor's Hochstetter's critique of an 1881 German pamphlet on the Old Missouri Synod. — We saw in the last segment that Pastor Hoffmann was "grabbing at straws" by attempting to quote Walther against Walther. Hochstetter untangles that web of a misquote and uses it for the instruction of his readers. Then the focus turns to the Missouri Synod itself, and its still living teacher, C. F. W. Walther. — From Lehre und Wehre, vol. 28 (Feb. 1882), pp. 81-82 [EN]:  ..read more
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