This continues from Part 3 (see also Part 1) of my series exploring anew the original Christliche Dogmatik of Franz Pieper.
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Along with Usury, old Missouri addressed the issue of Life Insurance. Again, the footnote that dealt with these matters in Pieper's German textbook was omitted in the English translation. Because Pieper's brief words on this subject are to-the-point, I will let him give the "short answer" to the question of "Life Insurance" for Christians:
Pieper uses Prof. Friedrich Bente's essay from 1908 as a basis for his comments and underscores Bente's persuasive reasoning – the "Life Insurance" therefore
"... takes the form of a bet for the supposed life span of the insured person."That pretty much simply sums up "Life Insurance"... any child can see through this. Ah, but the insurance industry does not point out the distinction that Pieper (and Bente) point out, but it rather relies on confusion. If anyone wants to refute me on the facts of "life insurance", then they would have to talk to all the people who have attempted (some successfully) to sell me Life Insurance during my lifetime.
Now those involved in the insurance industry might like to point out that Prof. Pieper does not make the issue of "customary life insurance" a matter of church discipline, and he only treats of this subject in a footnote, not in the main body of his textbook. But they would be trapped by this. For Pieper essentially calls "life insurance" a sin, albeit a less serious sin. And he says there is "good reason" for maintaining the right instruction against "life insurance". Does anyone in today's LC-MS maintain the "right instruction" today?....... no, I didn't think so.
That's right Thrivent (formerly Aid Association for Lutherans, AAL), no matter how many people try, even those who would have called themselves "Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod", even though essayists for Concordia Historical Institute Quarterly say otherwise, they cannot make "customary life insurance" something God pleasing. – How hard it is today to get the "right instruction" on "customary life insurance"!
In the next Part 5, I want to uncover Pieper's comments on "Sunday" and the marriage bans of Leviticus 18.