CFW Walther had to be the big dog, the bishop of all Lutherans. It is easy for the bully to take over and imagine he is infallible. If one can start a small enough sect, anyone can be a bishop today, but that is not the Chief Article. Walther cleverly excommunicated the American Lutherans who came from the same Halle traditions as Pope Walther and Bishop Stephan.
Jacobs explored his options in Christian doctrine, because he came from the ecumenical General Synod, which sought to unify the Calvinists and Lutherans in a watered-down version of the Scriptures, where the Biblical doctrines of efficacy, the Means of Grace, baptismal regeneration, and the Real Presence were faded away.
Jacobs was no different from Walther in starting out in rationalism and ecumenism. But Jacobs saw the importance of Lutheran doctrine, which is actually just Biblical doctrine. We can see the difference in style. Walther taught:
- The Glories of Walther.
- The Glories of His Synod.
- Krauth was the early, central figure of the Philadelphia Seminary.
- Jacobs came later, and
- Schmuak last of all.
|WELS pastor - "First they took away the Small Catechism, and I said nothing. Then they took away the Augsburg Confession, and I said nothing. Then they pushed the NIV and took away the KJV, and there was no one to join my cries of despair."|
- Is it UOJ, world absolution and salvation without faith? - Zarling and Bivens, WELS genius professors. Sig Becker too.
- Or is it Justification by Faith - Luther, Melanchthon, Chemnitz?