Universal Objective Justification was not dominant in the LCMS and WELS until the period after the 1932 Brief Statement in the Missouri Synod was passed. The Stephan-Walther-Pieper crowd was able to make one convention resolution become the 67th book of the Bible - on the LCMS side - and Gausewitz died in in 1927 (WELS) - the Synodical Conference president who taught justification by faith in his catechism.
Historical accounts are far messier than such summaries, but they still mark a trail of Lutherans wandering from one position to another. All the Lutheran groups came to America under the spell of late Pietism. Missouri was not a repristinating movement but a Pietistic sex cult. Bishop Martin Stephan was so messed up with syphilis in the brain that he thought he was the sole source of the Means of Grace in Europe, and that he was moving this grace to America - but really moving disgrace to this land. Someone in the cult who disagreed with this claim found himself disciplined with his money taken away - until he repented.
|Lutherans have become the Garasene Sheep, too stupid to be pigs.|
ELCA-WELS-LCA-ELS love Fuller Seminary and
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The LCA side of ELCA began with Muhlenberg, a Halle University guy, and WELS with A. Hoenecke, another Halle University guy, who taught Gausewitz. Bishop Martin Stephan studied at Halle University too, and all Pietists looked the Halle at the mother ship of their movement, even if there were other nodes in the network - much like Fuller Seminary and its odious, cancerous nodes everywhere.
Every Pietistic Lutheran group - LCMS, WELS, Augustana, General Synod splitting into the GS and General Council, had its era of grappling with Lutheran identity, the Book of Concord, and the writings of Lutheran Orthodoxy. Half of the General Synod left to form the General Council and the Philadelphia Seminary. The General Council left General Synod revivalism behind and became more interested in the liturgy and Confessions. That influenced the General Synod to move in the same direction until they merged to form the ULCA, when rationalistic Pietism took over again.
The re-emergence of rationalistic Pietism took place in Missouri, WELS, and the Augustana Synod too. When the Confessions are no longer taught, Universalism is bound to rear its ugly rear. If you would ask the clergy and professors of ELCA, the Methodist Church, the Episcopalians, and the liberal Baptists, you would find them dismissing the miraculous and divine and teaching Universalism as a token of God's grace. "Everyone is forgiven and saved by God's grace - they only need to be told."
That sounds just like Wayne Mueller and Jon Buchholz, doesn't it? Look for the code words. The mainline liberals say "the Easter faith of the disciples" to say "They believe in the empty grace - we don't."
Jon Buchholz and his Stormtrooper say, "completed salvation," meaning that everyone in the world was forgiven and saved when Jesus died or when He rose, depending on their particular Moment of Universal Absolution.
They just ooze grace, unless someone questions their UOJ. I believe UOJ Pastor Steve Flo condemned me to the lowest depths of Hell for questioning UOJ. Few question UOJ openly so grace is triumphant, they imagine.
They cannot answer objections to their false doctrine - they just "has a sad. "Pastor Gregory Jackson and my dear friend Keith, I love you both. This conversation makes me very sad. Good night."