Matthew 18 and the Eighth Commandment are rules for suckers, not for leaders, Walther would say.
Missourians are so protective of Walther than Loehe is not allowed a little publicity and thanks, because that would detract from the all-surpassing wisdom of the Kidnapper.
The Olde Synodical Conference is gearing up for Walther's birthday. Protestants make fun of Roman Catholicism's sainthood business, but they allow more than one saint in their pantheon. Missouri does not.
I am publicly pushing for Walther to be declared a saint, a honest way of dealing with this business. However, I will play the role of the Devil's Advocate, an actual title in the Catholic sainthood business. The DA gets to bring up all those unsavory details that might impede the declaration, although I suspect it is a formality in many cases, such as the odious Mother Theresa, an unbelieving demon from hell, who tortured the very people she used to raise millions for the Antichrist.
October 25, 2011 is Walther's 200th birthday, so Ichabod will feature him. I am copying quotations into Word for the Justification book. I will post them and link them together.
May is the Month of Mary for Catholics, so October is the Month of Walther for the Syn Conference, with several weeks to warm up for that holiday of holy days.
Who needs the Reformation? Walther had all the answers. All we need to do is return to his consecrated and consecrating essays. If he overturned justification by faith, it needed overturning. If he alienated Lutherans leaders by calling them all false teachers, they deserved it - just for appearing to disagree with him. If he kidnapped minor children from his father's parsonage, they wanted to be kidnapped.
Walther saves a lot of time. Instead of studying Luther or the Scriptures, Syn Conference leaders only need to mention His Holiness and the sheepfold begins to heave, sigh, and bleat with pleasure. There are two possibilities - either no one has ever studied his life and doctrine. Or - they have studied his life and doctrine, so they have added him to the Trinity to cover up his moral failings and his doctrinal poison.