Missouri and WELS covet the size and financial depth of ELCA, even though their big sister is dying faster than pumpkins in October.
Did anyone "resist the beginnings," as Lenski wrote? They resisted Lenski during the ALC merger of 1930. They silenced him from speaking out against merger and replaced him with a liberal at their seminary. They stopped printing his classic commentaries.
Lenski is so good and thorough that other denominations admire his work and use it.