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The origin of the lcms

  1. 1. The Origin of the LCMS<br />The important people, events, and circumstances that brought about the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod<br />
  2. 2. Reasons for Leaving Europe<br /><ul><li>Rationalism
  3. 3. The destruction of Lutheran doctrine
  4. 4. Prussian Union was forcing Lutheran and Reformed churches to hold joint services
  5. 5. Confessional Lutheranism, Lutheranism that advocated a return to Reformation doctrines, was arising
  6. 6. Congregations were disbanded</li></li></ul><li>Immigration<br /><ul><li> 5 ships set out from Germany
  7. 7. 700 people including pastors, teachers, and seminary students
  8. 8. 4 ships arrived in New Orleans after 2-3 months of travel
  9. 9. Later moved to St. Louis, MO</li></li></ul><li>Differing Roles<br />Martin Stephan vs. C.F.W. Walther <br />
  10. 10. Martin Stephan<br /><ul><li>Stood for “Old Lutheranism”
  11. 11. Convinced many people to go to America
  12. 12. Became enamored with his own success
  13. 13. Accused of adultery with several women
  14. 14. Expelled from the colonies as ex-bishop</li></li></ul><li>C.F.W. Walther<br /><ul><li> Born in 1811
  15. 15. Studied theology at the University of Leipzig
  16. 16. Strongly believed the teachings of Martin Luther
  17. 17. First president of the LCMS(1847-1850)
  18. 18. President of Concordia Theological Seminary in both St. Louis and Ft. Wayne
  19. 19. Died in 1887 and buried at Concordia Cemetery </li></li></ul><li>The Altenburg Debate<br />Unanswered questions – “Are our calls valid?” “Is this truly a church?”<br />Walther’s 8 Theses<br />The true church is made up of all those who believe in God’s word and the institution of Christ<br />Without the church, there is no salvation<br />
  20. 20. Higher education was necessary <br />Children would eventually lose German language, heritage, and their Lutheran faith<br />Understanding leads to enlightenment <br />Must be well grounded in general learning<br />Children must be taught of the great riches and gifts of God<br />Walther on Christian Education<br />
  21. 21. Sources<br /><ul><li>Suelflow, August Robert. "It Began in Europe/ New Horizons in America." Servant of the Word: the Life and Ministry of C.F.W. Walther. St. Louis: Concordia Pub., 2000. 11-61. Print.
  22. 22. "C.F.W. Walther." Concordia Historical Institute: Department of Archives and History, LCMS. Web. 17 Jan. 2011. <http://www.lutheranhistory.org/collections/fa/m-0004.htm</li>

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