The old (German) Missouri Synod had many detractors through its years of faithful teaching. The list is almost too long to enumerate but one of its detractors came from the period after the birth of the new English LC-MS, an LCMS which slowly, inexorably stripped out its old core teaching – Universal, Objective Justification (i.e. the Gospel). The report of this detractor comes from a distressing source – Prof. Roland Ziegler, a professor that I found (in an earlier blog) praiseworthy in his honoring of C.F.W. Walther. And not only that, his criticism concerns the Missouri Synod in relation to the Lutheran Confessions... could this be true?
I had earlier recommended Ziegler's essay where (on pages 147-151) he helpfully pointed out problems with the unionistic Kolb-Wengert edition of the Book of Concord. However Ziegler also distressingly quotes Hermann Sasse (à la Sasse?) to judge (and criticize) the "LCMS", sometimes known as the "Missouri Synod"... but which Missouri Synod is being judged? The old (German) Missouri Synod or the new English LC-MS?
So I am compelled to address the last section (last 5 pages, pages 160-165) in Ziegler's 2002 essay. In the following review I use the following terms:
- "LCMS", "LC-MS", "Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod", "new English LC-MS" == today's English LC-MS, definitely not the old (German) Missouri Synod
- "old Missouri", "old (German) Missouri Synod", sometimes "Missouri Synod" == old (German) Missouri Synod
- "Missouri Synod" == may refer to either the old (German) Missouri Synod or today's English LC-MS depending on the context
==>> Many hyperlinks have been added for reference and should be helpful for anyone (like me) who is not familiar with some of the things mentioned.