Finally, enough WELS members were convinced that discussions with the LC-MS were at in impasse and they were able to terminate fellowship because a majority voted for it.
Committee No. 2 Report, 1961 WELS Proceedings, p. 197-199
Quotes of note:
"WHEREAS, Our admonitions have largely gone unheeded, and the issues have remained unsolved..."
"WHEREAS, The Commission... reports that differences... have brought us to an impasse..."
"WHEREAS, ... we see no avenue leading to the removal of the difference in regard to church fellowship principles..."
"Resolved, a) That we now suspend fellowship ... on the basis of Romans 16:17,18..."
Is it not interesting that the WELS charged the LC-MS with divisions and offenses way back in 1955? The justification for suspending fellowship at this point in 1961 is because a majority believed that discussions were at an impasse.