Walther is the perfect example of Pietism. He set aside Justification by Faith to teach his private brand of Halle Pietism, which he copied from Bishop Stephan, STD.
Walther's Pietism and UOJ set the stage for the decline of the LCMS, which began in earnest once the Brief Statement of 1932 was promoted as the ultimate revelation of God's will on earth, with its laughable repudiation of the Chief Article.
Pietism emphasizes what one does, but the Christian Faith emphasizes what one believes. Note how this shows itself in attitudes and words.
- The individual must belong to the right sect. The right action is to join that sect and maintain an ovine, submissive attitude.
- The sect is glorified as the ultimate group. All other sects are condemned, including the affiliated sects and different segments of the same sect.
- The sect is a personality cult, where one person or a few individuals, are idolized, obeyed, and kept in ignorance of their many failings.
- The sect itself is the Means of Grace, so everything done within the sect, even violating criminal and civil law, is blessed.
- Lying for a good cause - the sect - is necessary and worthwhile.
- If individuals show themselves to be amoral, incompetent false teachers, they rise to leadership positions and are excused for everything they do.
- Questioning the sect is considered self-excommunication.
- Nevertheless, people find a certain comfort and security within the narrow, legalistic confines of their sect, because they know the 10,000 unwritten rules about how to behave.
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