Has the Lord declared the whole world righteous? The answer to this question shapes one’s deep understanding of the gospel. The Columbus Theological Magazine dedicated its first volume to examining this subject in depth. The contents of this book have never been successfully refuted.
“The doctrine which has been taught in the Lutheran Church during these three centuries has been established by the Scriptures, and defended against all foes, to the satisfaction of a host of eminent theologians whose linguistic learning and whose logical acumen have not been surpassed in any church or in any age. They sifted evidence closely; they thought upon the subject profoundly; they defended their doctrine triumphantly. They were not ignorant of the objections which could be urged against them. These objections were examined and refuted.” — Matthias Loy, ed.
Matthias Loy (1828-1915) was a 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.
Level of Difficulty: Intermediate: Some subject matter knowledge helpful.
Vol. I. February, 1881. No. 1.
- Introductory.—the Burning Question.
- Missouri Retractions.
- The Divinity Of Christ In The Old Testament. By Prof. George H. Schodde, Ph. D.
- “Das Wort Sie Sollen Lassen Stan!” [You should let the Word stand!] By Prof. C. H. L. Schuette, A. M.
- Predestination. Translated from Dr. J. G. Baieri Compendium Theologiae Positivae by Prof. C. A. Frank.
Vol. I. April, 1881. No. 2.
- The Formula Of Concord On Predestination.
- I. The Difference Between Foreknowledge and Election
- II. How Predestination is to be Completed
- III. How We May Know the Elect
- The Ultimate Ground Of Salvation.
- The Status Controversiae As Formulated By Dr. Walther. By Prof. C. H. L. Schuette, A. M.
- The Status Controversiae Reconstructed.
- Concerning The Election To Eternal Life. Translated From Dr. Conrad Dietrich’s “Institutiones Catecheticae,” Published In 1613. By Prof. Geo. H. Schodde, Ph. D.
- I. In order that the matter of the gratuitous election to eternal life of those who truly believe may be better understood, I wish you to explain to me what election is.
- II. What is the character of this purpose and good pleasure of the divine will, according to which He has decreed. to save those who believe in Christ?
- III. What are these causes and means of our salvation?
- IV. In order that we may treat more fully of these matters singly I wish you to demonstrate by the firm testimony of Scriptures, I. That God according to His purpose seriously seeks and desires the salvation of all men?
- V. Demonstrate II. that according to the purpose of God Christ died and made satisfaction for the sin of all men without exception.
- VI. Demonstrate III. that according to the purpose of God this universal merit of Christ must be offered to all men without exception through the preaching of the Gospel.
- VII Demonstrate finally IV. that God, according to is purpose, wishes that all should be saved by faith.
- VIII But if God through the means mentioned seriously wills that all. should be saved, how does it happen that not all men are in fact saved?
- IX. But what are the causes that not all and every one, to whom the Gospel is preached, receive faith from it, believe, and are saved?
- X. But what is the reason that most men become reprobates and are condemned?
- XI. Here this one thing must yet be asked: Can those who truly believe and who are elected, deprive themselves of, or lose faith and the grace of the indwelling Holy Spirit through mortal sins?
Vol. I. June, 1881. No. 3.
- The Formula Of Concord On Predestination. (conclusion.)
- IV. Why Are Not All Men Elect?
- V. The Utility of the Doctrine Taught
- VI. Secret and Inscrutable
- VII. Further Elucidations
- VIII. Difficulties Resolved
- IX. Practical Importance of the Doctrine
- Missouri On The Defensive.
- Missouri Election Subversive Of The Universality Of Grace.
- To Fight Back - Zur Wehre. By An Old Lutheran.
- The Status Controversiae and E. W. K. (An Open Letter.) By C. H. L. Schuette.
- The St. Louis Monthly. By Prof. F. W. Stellhorn.
Vol. I. August, 1881. No. 4.
- Why Is Election Particular?
- Why So Angry And False? By Veritas.
- Romans 8:28-30. By Prof. F. W. Stellhorn.
- Is Election Absolute, Or In View Of Faith? by H. G. Masius (1691).
- Proof Of The Lutherans.
- Objections Of The Reformed.
Vol. I. October, 1881. No. 5.
- Election And Justification.
- The Lutheran Doctrine of Election: Its Scriptural Evidence And Proof. By Rev. P. Eirich, Hoboken, N. J. Article I.
- Rom. 8:28-30. By Prof. F. W. Stellhorn.
- Election In Foresight Of Faith.
Vol. I. December, 1881. No. 6.
- The Necessity Of Faith To Salvation.
- The Lutheran Doctrine Of Election: Its Scriptural Evidence And Proof. By Rev. P. Eirich, Hoboken, N. J. Article II.
- What, According To The Missourians, Is The Cause Of Election? By Prof. F. W. Stellhorn.
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