Public Confession of a Stephanite: What Martin Stephan Was Really Like
Pastor Joel Baseley has recently completed the translation of a signficant document giving an important glimpse into what Martin Stephan was really like and what his high-handed authoritarianism meant for those who came to America, eventually to form The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. I regret that at the upcoming symposium on the Lutheran Confessions at Fort Wayne has given opportunity to a descendant of Stephan, an ELCA pastor turned counselor who, along with his radically lesbian feminist sister, have mounted a campaign to try to rehabilitate Stephan, making all kinds of ridiculous accusations about Walther and others. It is a shame that there are some in our circles who actually believe that Stephan was mistreated and that great evil was done to him by C.F.W. Walther and others.
Read this document and you will see for yourself that Martin Stephan was an evil shepherd, a wolf in sheep’s clothing, who was an authoritarian legalist, not a truly evangelical pastor.
Here’s the document Pastor Basely translated, click on the link and click on it again when it opens in a new window to download it as a PDF file: Keyls_Confession