Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Anna Hoppe

The Birth and Growth of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). WELS Documented

Although the Wisconsin Synod’s constitution stated that “everything should be in keeping with the true word of the Bible and the confessions of our Evangelical-Lutheran church”, and although all pastors pledged themselves to the Unaltered Augsburg Confession (UAC), practices did not always follow beliefs. The practices which were flawed were those concerning fellowship. Pastors often served congregations comprised of both Lutherans and Reformed Christians. This most likely stemmed from a “loyalty to the Langenberg tradition of peaceful coexistence among conflicting creeds which could not easily be shaken.” Ever since the Prussian Union, these Lutherans were used to worshiping side by side with those who did not have the same beliefs as they.

Fortunately, God did not allow this practice to continue in the Wisconsin Synod. By His guiding hand, our early church fathers began to turn from these unscriptural ways. God used a number of means to accomplish this turnaround. First of all, the synod’s constitution was still founded on the beliefs of a confessional Lutheran church. However, these beliefs obviously clashed with the current practices of fellowship. This caused disorderliness in the congregations, and because of this, pastors began to take a more consistent confessional stance on the applications of the doctrine of church fellowship.

Robert Smith, “O’er Jerusalem Thou Weepest,” Notes from The Lutheran Hymnal. Project Wittenberg

"O'er Jerusalem Thou Weepest" by Anna Hoppe, 1889-1941 Text From: THE HANDBOOK TO THE LUTHERAN HYMNAL

Hymnal (1925), No. 176; The Lutheran Hymnal (St. Louis: Concordia, 1941), No. 419;

Lista över psalmer i 1819 års psalmbok i Svenska kyrkan Wikipedia [Swedish]

Frälsta värld, i nådens under Wikipedia,_i_n%C3%A5dens_under

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