Critical reviews (by Lutheran pastors and church musicians) of books and other resources for Christian worship, preaching, and church music from a perspective rooted in Holy Scripture, the Lutheran Confessions and good common sense. LHP Quarterly Book Review asks, "Is it worth the money to buy, the time to read, the shelf space to store, and the effort to teach?"
Pr. McCain quotes C.F.W. Walther on the nature of a true Lutheran's subscription to the Lutheran Confessions:
We do believe that the teachings of the confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Book of Concord of 1580, are in fact the pure, divine truth, becausethey agree with the written Word of God on all points. It is for this reason that the Lutheran church, and consequently our Synod, demands of all members, especially of our ministers, that they acknowledge the Lutheran Confessions without reservation and show their willingness to be obligated to them.
My question is, "Does being Lutheran still mean this?"
In other words, do Walther's theological descendants –the pastors of the LCMS– still believe that the Lutheran Confessions are the pure, divine truth, because they agree with the Bible on all points? Do they still acknowledge the Lutheran Confessions without reservation and show their willingness to be obligated to them?
Being Lutheran still matters. But, are the pastors of the LCMS still Lutheran?