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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Rome–4: Halloween, reminder of Pope; simple Gospel; Knights of the saddest figure

      This concludes from Part 3 (Table of Contents in Part 1) a translation of Franz Pieper's essay on the failure of the evangelical churches of Germany to fight against the Papacy in his day.
      The terms that Pieper uses against the Roman papal church remind one of the "entertainment" of the season popularly known as "Halloween".  But as Christians, we should look on the worldly notions of horror as not just "make-believe" or imaginary, but very real when we see the real atrocities done by the Chief Enemy of Christianity, the Pope.  So when I see all the "scary" things the world shoves in my face to "celebrate" Halloween, I rather see the Pope behind the mask.

Translation by BTL – Underlining from original  – Highlighting is mine – Hyperlinks added for reference.
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The False Stance of Present-Day Evangelical Christianity Against Rome.
by Franz Pieper
Doctrine and Defense, (Lehre und Wehre), 1896, vol 42, pgs 289-297
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[pg 295]
The writer in the Saxon Church and School Journal noted that the central press, particularly the Berlin Germania, leads a challenging language; however from the evangelical side was "avoided a long time ago with scrupulous care everything that would cause the least offense to the standing of the Catholic sister church".  What a pathetic state of affairs!  The Pope's disciples open their big mouth wide, and praise their anti-Christian master and his soul murdering doctrines and institutions, and blaspheme Christ, and the Holy Gospel.  But Christ's disciples will not open their mouths against these anti-Christian demonstrations to praise their dear Savior and His saving Gospel!  And why?  One wants to not cause the slightest "offense" to the “Catholic sister church”!   Is therefore the Christian church giving offense when it confesses the truth against committed enemies and blasphemers of Christ and his gospel?  If they thereby give offense, so that is the offense which it should give in the world; the offense of which the apostle says, "We preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness," 1 Cor. 1:23; the offense, of which it stands written: "Behold, I lay in Zion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed”, Rom. 9:33; the offense of which the Lord says: "Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword." Matt. 10:34.  If you want to have absolute outer peace on earth, you must renounce your membership in the Christian church, since the Christian church is not for the concealment, but the confession of the Gospel in the world.  But the confession of the Gospel will always be exposed to the hostility of the world and the false church. —  Still another reason for the neglect of the struggle against Rome is stated by a writer in the Leipzig General Evangelical Lutheran Church Newspaper.  He says the following against Prof. Dr. Fricke, who struck a "slightly sharp tone" against the Roman Church at this year's meeting of the Gustavus Adolphus Union: "Who actually profits from such battle speeches?  But probably initially the Roman Church, which, as a glimpse of the ultramontane press amply proves, with pleasure widely occurs such occurrences to show that not Catholics, but Evangelicals are the disturbers of the peace, that therefore the Catholics had full rights to search out their great arsenal for not-so-clean weapons to inflict all possible damage on the Evangelicals."  Translated into simple German this means: "Let us avoid the struggle against Rome, because in such

[pg 296]
battles we yet only come out as losers."  Has the writer considered what a disgrace he is doing to the Evangelical Church?  On our side, the Evangelical side, (we speak in the name of all those who are truly evangelical) is the divine truth; on the side of the Pope and those under him is the lie.  We have God for us, while the Papists have God against them.  And we should avoid now doing battle, because we have to worry about yet only a defeat in the same!  Christ has therefore sat at the right hand of God, given his church the Gospel, promised her mouth and wisdom, as well as victory, so that they are dismayed and ask of the enemies of Christ and his Gospel for peace and good weather!  Truly, the voice of that writer in the Leipzig General Evangelical Lutheran Church Newspaper is not the voice of the evangelical church.  The truly evangelical church knows Rome far, far superior to this.  Rome comes out the loser in the battle every time when this Evangelical church fights it as she should fight, that is, if she leads a real doctrinal battle against Rome, when she opposes the Roman lies at all points with clear, certain truths of Scripture.  She is as much stronger than Rome as God is stronger than the devil and all accomplices of the devil.  Rome may open all its arsenals and all projectiles which are at its disposal, also shoot at us the most dirty things.  It can do nothing against us.  We have the arsenal of the clear, infallible Word of God, by which we break all the weapons of the enemy, throw him out of all his positions and completely beat down the line.  "For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God”, 2 Cor. 10:4-5.  O, if today's so-called evangelical Christianity would yet again reflect on the invincible power of the simple Gospel of Christ!  With the simple Gospel of Christ we overcome sin and death, as well as the papacy and all satanic powers.  Dr. Hölscher from Leipzig quite rightly said, when giving the annual report at the meeting of the Gustavus Adolphus Union: "The only thing we have to oppose Rome is the Gospel of Christ.  A congregation collected by the Gospel is insurmountable.  Therefore fear you not, little flock!"
That most spokesmen of the present-day evangelical Christendom take such an unsatisfactory, yes, miserable stand against Rome, is because they do not live in the evangelical truth and are not certain of it.  
Indeed, they have through subversion of the divine authority the Holy Scriptures, so far as it is in them, taken the true weapon against Rome out of the hands of evangelical Christendom.  They have devoted themselves to “science”, which is just as incapable against the infernal power of Rome

[pg 297]
like all other human thoughts and instruments of power.  Would that it be known that modern theology has been entangled in a pitiful position on quite the wrong track especially against Rome.  One sees that they indeed neither teach Christianity nor can fight back its enemies.  They are Knights of the saddest figure, to the delight of the Pope and the great sorrow and dishonor of the Evangelical church.  Would that they remember from whence they fell!  If they return to the heritage of the Reformation, so would they soon take the right firm and certain stance in opposition to Rome and win one victory after another against it.
— Franz Pieper

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I had private correspondence from a German layman some time ago noting that I wrote with "a passion".  Would to God that I had just a small portion of the passion that President/Prof. Franz Pieper had for the "simple Gospel of Christ"!
Dr. Wilhelm Hölscher

     Germany was not without some voices for the truth of the Gospel, and Pieper is happy to quote from them.  In particular Dr. Wilhelm Hölscher stands out as he spoke the following words:
"The only thing we have to oppose Rome is the Gospel of Christ.  A congregation collected by the Gospel is insurmountable.  Therefore fear you not, little flock!"
May his name be remembered in Germany today!  



Which was worse for you, Dresden Germany?(capital of Saxony)
(image sources Wikipedia leftright)

Priest/Prince Max preaching
in your royal chapel:
"Evangelicals: convert to Pope!"
Your bombing in 1945 which
"destroyed almost all of the ancient center of the city"






or














In the light of the true Gospel uncovered again by Martin Luther, the true horror is revealed – the Roman Papacy in your midst going nearly unchecked.  Germany, there is your real horror... not your defeats in 2 World Wars, but you rather gave away God's gift to you, your own Lutheran Reformation.
"O, if today's so-called evangelical Christianity would yet again reflect on the invincible power of the simple Gospel of Christ!"
                        — President Franz Pieper, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri
Romans 11:6 – "If by grace, then is it no more of works..."

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Rome–3: Pope=Antichrist because...; Dresden's fall

      This continues from Part 2 (Table of Contents in Part 1), a translation of Franz Pieper's essay on the failure of the evangelical churches of Germany to fight against the Papacy in his day.
      No one in the world since Franz Pieper attacked the Roman papacy more forcefully than he did.  Even during his lifetime, Pieper was the foremost head of the Lutheran Church in the world, leading the spiritual war against ... the Antichrist.  Today, when a well-known pastor of the LC-MS (Richard John Neuhaus) "converts" to be a Roman Catholic priest, he is given honor... in today's LC-MS.  So what are these "Lutherans" who honor Roman Catholics but imposters? ... Lutheran in name only.
     Every true Lutheran should have this pronouncement of the Council of Trent framed and hanging on the wall to remind him of the real reason why the Pope IS the Antichrist:
If any one saith, that men are justified, either by the sole imputation of the justice (righteousness) of Christ, or by the sole remission of sins, to the exclusion of the grace and the charity which is poured forth in their hearts by the Holy Ghost, and is inherent in them; or even that the grace, whereby we are justified, is only the favour of God; let him be anathema. 
          — Council of Trent, Sessio VI, Canon XI
I believe the Pope is the Antichrist because he curses all of Christianity that relies solely on God's grace.  Romans 11:6 - "If by grace, then is it no more of works..."

Translation by BTL – Underlining from original  – Highlighting is mine – Hyperlinks added for reference.
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The False Stance of Present-Day Evangelical Christianity Against Rome.
by Franz Pieper
Doctrine and Defense, (Lehre und Wehre), 1896, vol 42, pgs 289-297
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[pg 293]
It can be clearly seen that a man alone by God's grace for the sake of Christ's substitutionary life, suffering and death, that is, through faith in the Gospel, obtains forgiveness of sins and salvation.  The saving truth has disappeared from Christian doctrine, as soon as one sets up grace and salvation on human works and worthiness.  Now what does the Prince of Saxony, who is in the full service of the Papacy, make of it according to his own preaching?  The whole great machinery of the papacy works, as mentioned above, directly and indirectly in the interest of a basic cataclysm, the heretical destruction of the Christian faith, that a man is justified and saved not by grace alone, for Christ's sake, but also by human works.  Everything you see in the Papacy is in the service of a repeal of the doctrine of grace.  Through the Papacy the souls are therefore not care for, but through the Papacy, so far as it is in him, continually leads the souls only to eternal damnation, because the Scripture says those who deal with works of the Law are under a curse (Gal. 3:10).  The papacy is the greatest fraud company in the world.  It calls the individual and all the people to itself by claiming to be the "alone saving church", claiming to be the "one and only truth", as the Prince of Saxony has duped those coming to him, who instead of offering the saving Gospel, offers to lead one to damnation by a doctrine of works.  If there are nevertheless still souls, – and there are such – that under the papacy trust solely on the merit of Christ and become saved, so this is done against the will and the intention of the papacy.  The papacy itself holds these souls with the curse where it says in the Council of Trent: "If any one saith, that men are justified, either by the sole imputation of the righteousness of Christ, or by the sole remission of sins. .., Let him be anathema." 1)  St. Paul, in Gal. 1:8-9, cursed all false teachers which distort the Gospel of God's free grace in Christ; the papacy in Trent cursed all who teach and believe this Gospel. Yes, this is the Papacy as it has been around for centuries and still is today, and how it does its uncanny work among the Nations!  A "priest" will help the papacy, and thereby assumes the obligation upon himself, to run the business of the papacy in the world, and has about the most unfortunate employment that a young man can choose under God's approval.  And now the Popish Mass is first celebrated so "officially" in the Dresden royal chapel!  The Mass stands so surely in the service of the  anti-christian abomination, the denial of Christ and his
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        1) Sessio VI, Canon XI. [see also Formula of Concord]
[pg 294]
Gospel.  Through the pretense that in the Mass through the hand of the priests, Christ continually becomes sacrificed for the living and the dead, those present and those absent, as the atonement of sin, so will Christ’s all-sufficient, once offered sacrifice become constantly blasphemed, and the poor, deluded souls are thereby kept away continually from finding faith in the forgiveness of sins in the Gospel and being established in the service of the Gospel by the Sacraments.  Luther says of himself: "These are my greatest sins, because I was so holy a monk, and with so many Masses over fifteen years so horribly angered, tortured and tormented my dear Lord." 1)  The Popish Mass is, as Luther so often points out, not serving God, but the devil. 2)  What the Papists sacrifice in the Mass, they sacrifice to the devils.  And the matter is thereby not changed because Max of Saxony serves as "sacrificial priest" and is watched by the Saxon court and many "high invited guests".  And how are Evangelical Christians to judge the sermon of a popish priest?  They know that in the Christian church only God's Word must be preached, but all doctrines of men are forbidden.  For all the doctrines in the Church stand on the rule of St. Peter: "If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God," 1 Peter 4:11  In the church of God, obedience may be claimed only for God’s Word.  But the papal preacher calls for obedience to the Pope's words before all things.  This Prince Max von Saxony has just done.  He has in his homily urged all non-papists to submit to the Pope.  He immediately introduced himself as a loyal helper of the Antichrist, who "will not permit Christians to be saved without his power, which, nevertheless, is nothing, and is neither ordained nor commanded by God". 3)
This and other things should have been explained in Germany, and particularly in Saxony, when one must take notice of the priest's ordination, Mass reading and sermon of the prince of Saxony.  Thereby the evangelical Christians would have been promoted in the confession of the Gospel and would have been given a salutary warning of the papacy.  Perhaps also one or another one entangled in the papacy would have had their eyes opened.  In any event, one would have satisfied the Christian’s confessional duty.  But we have not seen growth by this God-given opportunity.  
One has not in general revealed the abomination of the papacy and in particular the Mass.  One has not confessed, but has denied.  The poor people had sand scattered in their eyes when the papal church is spoken of as a "sister church" and it was left open the possibility that due to the
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1) St. L. ed. vol. 20, 1103, paragr. 541; Am. Ed. vol. 37, pg 371; “Confession Concerning Christ's Supper (1528)”
2) Compare Luther's strong, but quite proper expressions in St. L. vol. 19, col. 1233 f. ; Am. Ed. vol. 38, pg 160 f.: “The Private Mass and the Consecration of the Priests (1533)”
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real popish preaching of the Prince of Saxony, the salvation of the souls of the congregation was being promoted.
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Germany!
How low you are held in the eyes of the world today!  Your past defeats in 2 World Wars, the bombing of Dresden and particularly the stain of the memory of your leader Adolf Hitler... these are what the world would have us think of you now, at least from the last century.  But there was something far worse for you that preceded all these... it was your fall from the Lutheran doctrine and your subsequent failure to fight against the Antichrist.  It was a Roman Catholic priest preaching in your Dresden royal chapel to your Saxon King in 1896!  Now the world attempts to see signs of life in you, from your Hermann Sasse to even Dietrich Bonhoeffer, but these offered little to almost nothing for the defense of the true doctrine...  they at times even scorned the old (German) Missouri Synod's faithfulness to true Christian doctrine and its pure fight against Rome.  Germany!... you were duped! ... duped away from your Reformation heritage!
America!
Although you do not currently have the outer stains like Germany does, yet are you not just as weak like Germany was 100+ years ago... in your softness against the Papacy?  Your theologians, let alone your media, gush at news items relating to the Papacy...
LC-MS, Lutheran Church-"Missouri Synod"
Whatever you are, you are not the old (German) Missouri Synod, for it was the Lutheran Church from above that stood by the Gospel, that pointed to Martin Luther who restored the pure Gospel again to the world... Martin Luther who showed the world who the Antichrist was –> the Pope who still curses all of Christianity.

The next Part 4 concludes this series where Pieper turns up the heat against the lies of the Pope.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Comment from Walther Theological Seminary

A comment came in on a previous blog post that I must publish in a new blog post.  In that old post, I pointed out that I missed seeing any mention of UOJ (Doctrine of Universal, Objective Justification) in the materials for the new Lutheran seminary in America, the

Walther Theological Seminary

of Decatur, IL.  A pastor and professor at this institution evidently noticed my challenge and was moved to confess:
"As a professor at Walther Theological Seminary I can say that yes, we do teach UOJ."  – Rev. James R. Shaw

Prof. Shaw:
Dear God! how precious was your notification, that your dear Walther Theological Seminary does indeed teach "UOJ" – Universal, Objective Justification.  How wonderful it is to hear this confessed.  And might I add how thrilling for me to see the name chosen for your Seminary, the name of Walther!  What a leap of faith it was to separate from today's LC-MS and even start a seminary!  Surely your detractors in today's LC-MS are legion.

I hope that this name given to your seminary does not become like the statue of Luther at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, which stands in front of a seminary where the term "plastic text" is now not only used for the Bible, but defended by its leaders and spokesmen.

I also hope that the temptation by one of your faculty members to use his training as a "clinical therapist" is set aside in favor of the teaching of UOJ, especially also for "Pastoral Theology".  I hope the promise in your Catalog (on page 49) that your teacher of Biblical Counseling "will only use secular Psychology when it can be a servant to what we know is truth" is kept.  But that is only a hope, for I have seen first hand how this promise is broken in practice in a thousand different ways, as the teaching of UOJ (i.e. the Gospel) is pushed into the background.

Not only did the Lord raise up a C.F.W. Walther for our modern world to re-ignite the memory of Martin Luther, but do you also realize that the Lord compounded that gift by granting a Second Walther to His Church?   His name was Franz Pieper.  I hope your dear Walther Theological Seminary makes heavy use also of this greatest theologian of the 20th Century in your training of truly Lutheran pastors.

Signed,
BackToLuther

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Rome–2: THE Rome fighter today->Pieper!; Monstrous Lie! Murder of Souls!

      This continues from Part 1 (Table of Contents in Part 1), a translation of Franz Pieper's essay in 1896 on the failure of the evangelical churches of Germany to fight against the Papacy in his day.
Prince Max of Saxony
     In Part 1, Pieper shows the failure of German "Evangelicals" by publicizing a member of the German royal family who entered the Roman Catholic priesthood, who even preached a sermon requesting all Evangelicals to return to the true Church, the Pope's Church.  But Pieper uses "Prince Max" for quite the opposite purpose...  Does any teacher in today's LC-MS say that the Pope is a murderer of souls?  No? 

ToPresident Matthew Harrison
Would you, in honor of this year's celebration of the Reformation, publicly pronounce the Pope as the greatest murderer of souls in the world?  No?  But you stated that (in the Preface to your book At Home In the House of My Fathers) "I live and long and work for the future of the Lutheran Church, here and now."  And a pronouncement of this type would surely give today's Lutheran Church a "here and now" shot in the arm.  And you recently called on Franz Pieper's name as you pleaded for financial support for your LC-MS seminaries, ... but... but you would not listen to Pieper's (and the Lutheran Confessions') teaching against Rome?

Translation by BTL – Underlining from original  – Highlighting is mine – Hyperlinks added for reference.
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The False Stance of Present-Day Evangelical Christianity Against Rome.
by Franz Pieper
Doctrine and Defense, (Lehre und Wehre), 1896, vol 42, pgs 289-297
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[pg 291]
The Prince said that only the pope’s church was in possession of the truth, and he calls – following the Pope’s Encyclical – all non-papists to come under the dominion of the Pope, that "The arms of the church were opened wide to lovingly include the returnees."  Does a possibility exist by such a sermon, "to promote the soul’s  salvation of the congregation"?  Does it take care of the souls, if one assigns them to the Pope and eo ipso leads away from Christ?  No, such a sermon is a great, terrible denial of the saving Gospel and a proclamation and celebration of the Pope’s monstrous lie.  Through such preaching the Prince of Saxony has not taken care of souls but, so far as in him, murdered the souls.
Therefore, when the Church and School Journal also says in relation to the preaching of the Prince of Saxony, "whether he with it meets the right thing in every certain single case and promotes in particular the soul’s salvation of his congregation, is merely his cause and in the present situation is a question which touches us less”, so this reveals an entirely false stance to the papacy.  It does not reject the papacy as a soul murderous horror, but lets it pass as an ecclesiastical institution through which souls are still supplied, though perhaps not as good as within the Lutheran Church.  This fits the further execution of the writer.  Having pointed out the omissions of Germania on the occasion of the "princely sermon" 1), he continues: "One should think it not possible that a Catholic journal can accept such a provocative language, especially since the Protestant side has already avoided everything with meticulous care the slightest impulse to cause offense towards the Catholic sister church."  — There we have it! The Catholic Church is a "sister church"!  The church, which in the Council of Trent cursed the Gospel and those who cling to the Gospel; the church, the great ecclesiastical machinery working towards only one goal, namely to plant and maintain confidence in human works in the hearts, and to constantly destroy and tear from the hearts the faith in Christ that we attain mercy and salvation alone for Christ's perfect merit; the church, which puts in the place of Christ and his Word the Pope's word and authority – this church should be a "sister church" of the Lutheran church!  Nevertheless, the writer in the Saxon Church and School Journal wants to fight against the "Catholic sister church".  But how?  He closes thus: "Here has the Evangelical clergy, and particularly the Evangelical Lutherans to advocate at every suitable place through word and writing
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1) An expression of the Church and School Journal.
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on such arrogances as they advance with all energy towards Ultramontanism almost daily.  We even said that especially all of the evangelical Lutheran clergy must act in the sense indicated; precisely this, because he so often has to read in Catholic papers that our Luther was a discontented innovator and drunkard and his Kate was a lecherous nun, while both really deserve to be issued as a pattern for the most beautiful and purest family life." —   So they fight against Rome mainly because Luther’s person is attacked!  To this battle the "Evangelical Lutheran clergy" would be particularly committed.  Certainly "Lutherans" will also sometimes reject the shameless Roman lies against Luther's person.  But if one wants to make this personal side the main point of the dispute, then Luther says: "Whether Luther is a rascal or a saint I do not care; but his doctrine is not his, but Christ’s.  For you see that the tyrants do not deal with the fact that they only kill Luther, but they want to destroy the doctrine; and on account of the doctrine they grope at you and ask you if you are Lutheran.  Here you must truly not speak with slippery or evasive words, but freely confess Christ, whether it was Luther, Claus or George who preached it.  The person let go; but the doctrine you must confess." 1)  Hereby we are reminded of the basic damage to modern polemics against Rome.  It does not perform an energetic doctrinal fight against Rome.  Neither is the pure doctrine of the Gospel, still the abomination of the gospel canceling Pope’s doctrine placed rightly into the light.  One gets the impression from most modern Rome fighters that they would stop their polemics if Rome would only acknowledge other church fellowships as equally entitled.  In the latter case, one would leave Rome alone in spite of its peculiar doctrine, probably even extend the hand of brotherhood.  In contrast, it should be noted: it is God's will and the duty of the Christian Church, to endlessly and with holy zeal fight Rome’s hideous, soul-killing doctrine.  This alone is the right stand against Rome.
In Germany and especially in Saxony, there are many failures in the last few months.  It made quite a stir that a Prince of Saxony was ordained a priest, read Mass and then held a real popish sermon.  All newspapers wrote of it.  Nothing happens by chance.  God has approved – there can be no doubt – the priest ordination, Mass reading, and preaching of the Prince of Saxony so that the evangelical Church in Germany has the opportunity to uncover before all eyes the horrible abomination of a popish priesthood, Mass and sermon
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1) St. L. ed. vol. 20, col. 91, paragr. 77 ; cp. Am. Ed. vol. 36, pgs. 265-266: “Receiving Both Kinds in the Sacrament”
[pg 293]
and to illuminate the whole abomination of the Papal Church again with the light of the Gospel.
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     Holy Anger!  Franz Pieper's statements are quite breathtaking in their forcefulness!  How foreign these words are to our modern world, to modern theology.
Prof. Roland Ziegler
"papacy is what it was"
     To clarify, today's LC-MS is heterodox, but is not in total apostasy.  For Prof. Roland Ziegler wrote this in honor of C.F.W. Walther:
"But if the gospel of free grace is still condemned by Rome, then the papacy is what it was before." – Prof. Roland Ziegler, CTS-FW
Did Prof. Ziegler really say this in print?  Still, he could have stated this even more emphatically... like Prof. Franz Pieper does –> Rome murders souls.

In the next Part 3...