“There is a knowledge which puffeth up, because it is sundered from true faith which maketh humble. It is knowledge without light or life, a cold thing lodged in the brain, but without influence on the sensibilities and will. Such knowledge is useless, no matter how extensive it may be. It secures not the accomplishment of God’s will in us unto our salvation, nor by us unto His glory. For faith is just as necessary for a life of conformity to God’s will, as it is for salvation according to His will.” — Matthias Loy
“[To Matthias Loy,] Dear Brother in the Lord!… The Lord’s blessing has rested abundantly on your work as a professor at Capital University and editor of the Lutheran Standard and … by your literary labors. In the present book your articles on the subject of Christian Prayer… have been collected to be preserved and put into the hands of the Church anew as a precious treasure. It is hereby presented to you as a token of esteem and gratitude, and may the Lord reward your work.” — Publication Board of the Joint Synod of Ohio
Matthias Loy (1828-1915) is a theological giant of American Lutheranism. He served as president of the Joint Synod of Ohio, the Columbus Seminary and Capital University, and edited the Lutheran Standard and the Columbus Theological Magazine. In 1881 he withdrew the Joint Synod from the Synodical Conference as a result of Walther’s teaching about predestination. Many of Matthias Loy’s books are available in Lutheran Library editions.