We believe that in Christ God reconciled the "world to himself" (2 Corinthians 5:19), that Jesus is "the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world" (John 1:29). The mercy and grace of God are all-embracing; the reconciliation through Christ is universal; the forgiveness of sins has been gained as an accomplished fact for all men. Because of the substitutionary work of Christ, God has justified, that is, declared the verdict of "not guilty" upon all mankind. This forms the firm, objective basis for the sinner's assurance of salvation.
This We Believe
A Statement of Belief of the Wisconsin Ev. Lutheran Synod
This is the same folly embedded in The Brief Statement of the LCMS: Universal Objective Justification. Everyone is forgiven, good news for Universalists everywhere. At least Universalists have the courage to state their views sincerely, without trying to sound orthodox.
This bizarre opinion is limited to several Midwestern sects and recently invented, as their own advocates have to admit.
The Glory Has Departed