Wilhelm Löhe: The Real Spiritual Father of the Missouri Synod
I was perusing one of the recent issues of a certain newsprint missive sent out from a small town near Saint Louis. I was bemused again to see the editor of accusing yours truly of declaring Wilhelm Löhe to be the father of the Missouri Synod. I’m flattered to be confused with C.F.W. Walther, but it was Walther who said it, not I. Here is what Walther published in Der Lutheraner, in 1852:
Next to God it is Pastor Löhe whom our synod must almost solely thank for the happy increase and rapid strengthening in which it rejoices; it must rightly honor him as its real spiritual father.
But, since facts have never stood in the way of said publication, no doubt the mythology will continued to perpetrated.