In this Part 5, I conclude this translation of Pieper's L.u.W. article (pages 5-6) as he adds biting warnings to his subject:
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Sadly, the "Synod" that Pieper speaks of, the old (German) Missouri Synod, did become afflicted with "theologians" who were as Albrecht Ritschl, and so became the "Graebner Synod", or what is called today the "Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod"... the LC-MS.
In my early days of driving a car with a license, I was pulled over by a policeman. He was rather stern with me after I told him that I was just following that truck up ahead who was also going through the red light. He looked at me and said:
Would you have followed that truck over a cliff?... and gave me a ticket with a monetary fine. Ouch!
God has given us Christians, the laymen, the command to judge our teachers on doctrine and not fall off that cliff and lose our soul's salvation! We are not to follow any theologians or Synods who have driven over the cliff, but hang on to His strong chain of salvation. We are instead to follow those teachers who are not our masters but rather "helpers of joy". We are always to ask ourselves "Is this teacher helping my faith... or not?". We are never to forget that whatever faith we have was given by God himself to us by His Word, not man's "science", especially not "science falsely so-called". (1 Timothy 6:20).
This is why I follow
Franz Pieper – The Twentieth Century Luther!, The Second Walther!They not only use God's Word to build a fortress against which I cannot go over the cliff, but rather set me in the judge's seat, on a mountain top, the very spot that God Himself puts all Christians... with His Word!
C.F.W. Walther – The American Luther!
Martin Luther – The Reformer of the Church! Rev. 14:6-7
In the concluding Part 6 of this series, I focus on the Bible verse that first caught my eye in this article – Romans 16:17... and the doctrine of fellowship.