The Storm Breaks: The Breakup of the Synodical Conference

The Synodical Conference not only broke over issues of fellowship, but also over a different understanding of the Word, which would lead to further problems in the Missouri Synod leading up to the walkout in 1974.  Dr. Braun joins us to talk about issues of Scripture, the breakup itself, and where the Wisconsin Synod has gone since the 1960s.

Dr. Braun’s book, A Tale of Two Synods, may be purchased here.

Host: Rev. Zelwyn Heide

Regular Guest: Rev. Adam Koontz

Guest: Rev. Dr. Mark Braun, Professor of Theology, Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee, WI

Episode: 55

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  1. Paul Beisel says:

    The SELC got it right in their report to the convention (1959 or 1960, I don’t recall). They pinpoint the real issue–the WELS defined the Church differently than the Missouri Synod. Missouri defined the Church by her identifying marks, according to its Christological center, the Word and Sacraments. WELS defined it more from below, according to the faith of like-minded believers. Read the convention proceedings.

    • Alan Lubeck says:

      The differences were not confined to differences in the definition of Church…and it can clearly be demonstrated that Missouri changed her position over time. Back in the 1800’s we were on the same page as WELS. The REAL issue is that Missouri was slip-sliding away with an increasingly low view of Scripture, and all of it’s previously solid doctrinal positions on church fellowship, were collapsing under it’s new sinking sand of a ‘foundation.” No. Missouri’s new “marks of the church” were no longer defined by Scripture, but now instead by human reason and increasingly the historical critical method of biblical interpretation. There is no “Christological Center” when you no longer have the Christ of the Bible.

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