|Walther conceded that Stephan was a bit of a Pietist,|
and blamed Stephan's marital problems on Stephan's long-suffering wife.
Jim Bob Walther is worshiped by Missourians today.
21 January 1839
I, H. W. Exter master of the Ship Olbers do solemnly sincerely & truly swear that the within list signed by me & now delivered to the Collector of this district contains the names of all the Passengers taken on board of the Said Ship at the Port of Bremen or at any time since and that all matters therein set forth are according to the best of my Knowledge & Belief just & true & I do further swear that Two of the Said Passengers died on the voyage.
Sworn before me this 21st Jany 1839 ~~ [signed] J. W. Exter-Master
List of Passengers on board of the bremer Ship Olbers H. W. Exter My bound from Bremen to New Orleans
Columns represent: Passenger number, Name, Relationship to the head of the family, Last dwelling place, Occupation, Age, Died on the voyage.
Cabin 1 Martin Stephan Dresden Preacher 61 2 Martin Stephan his son Dresden 16 3 Theodore Julius Brohm Dresden Candidate 30 4 H. S. Fischer Dresden Merchant 40 5 Julie Fischer his wife Dresden 32 6* Louise Gunther Dresden 32
7 Gustav Jaeckel Dresden Cashier 32 8 Francis Adolph Marbach Dresden Attornay (sic) 40 9 Louise Marbach his wife Dresden 34 10 Gustav Marbach his child Dresden 11 11 Clara Marbach his child Dresden 6 12 Victor Marbach his child Dresden 5 13* Martin Marbach his child Dresden 2 14 Eduard Vehse Dresden Recorder 35 15* Mathilde Vehse his child Dresden 9 16 Hermann Walther Dresden Preacher 29 17 M. Emil Julius Moritz Wege Dresden Candidate 38 18 Sophie Schneiderin Dresden 40 19* Fred Loeschner *Konigsbruck Painter 44CFW Walther kidnapped his niece and nephew, but let his future mother-in-law go to jail for the crime. She was released later and helped in organizing the riot that deposed Bishop Stephan. The Stephanite sex cult brought other minor children over, and bragged about it. Theydid their best to break up marriages where one partner did not want to go to America.
The long trip on the ship with Stephan, his two lawyers, the older Walther, and the Stephan mistress makes it difficult to imagine that "no one knew" until the confession was blurted out after a choice law sermon by a CFW pal. Yes, even the Walther circle agreed that was not the case. The syphilis break-out among the young girls proved to be the precipitating opportunity to upend Bishop Stephan, steal 120 acres from him, take away a large bounty of gold, and grab his large library of theology books.
|The Walther circle manufactured a story about suddenly realizing Stephan was an adulterer. Walther organized a mob instead of speaking to his bishop. See Walther's Pastoral Theology for advice on such matters.|
Pietist who put his stamp on the Missouri Synod and the future Synodical Conference.
Stephan's rationalistic Pietism taught Walther the Halle dogma of Easter absolution, quoted below. According to their imagination, the entire unbelieving world was absolved from all sin the moment Christ rose from the dead.
From an abusive, poorly educated bishop and his adoring disciples came an abusive synod and synodical conference.
|Universal absolution was Stephan's dogma, which Walther adopted and F. Pieper canonized. Universal absolution is liberal, mainline theology, not Biblical, Lutheran, Reformation theology.|