What can we do in order to elevate the spiritual life of our Synod?
Of course, I canít really bring anything new to this question, but only remind you of that which you already know.
First, we must guard against trying to elevate this spiritual life with means that cannot accomplish what we seek. An attempt has been made to elevate spiritual life with means that cannot accomplish what we seek. An attempt has been made to elevate spiritual life in the home congregation by rousing the Church to missions and directing her sight to the misery of the churchless and especially the poor non-Christians. To be sure, the work of mission is a glorious and invaluable thing. But to speak and act as though it were through participation in the work of mission that the word of God must be made living and powerful is simply wrong. To forsake at home the confession of the external Word and the heavenly doctrine while rambling afar in the opinion that the Church must be saved and enlivened with mission is Schwarmgeisterei.
LCMS President Friedrich Pfotenhauer in his 1936 essay titled "Revitalization of the Synod Shall Come from Neither Missions nor Synodical Power: The Word Is the Only Remedy:"
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