In this Part 6, I conclude this series on Pieper's L.u.W. article with my comments.
What caught my eye in Pieper's article was the use of the Scripture passage Romans 16:17-18 on page 2. This passage played a major role in bringing to light the travesty that broke up the Synodical Conference. This is the passage that Valparaiso University President O.P. Kretzmann laughed at. How was this passage used by Pieper? By his quote of Martin Luther's treatise
All the warnings St. Paul makes in Romans 16:17-18; 1 Corinthians 10:15; Galations 3, 4, and 5; Colossians 2:8 and everywhere, and all the sayings of the prophets in which they teach us to avoid human teaching, do nothing but take the right and power to judge all doctrine away from the teachers and with a stern decree impose it on the listeners instead, on pain of losing their soul. [St. Louis Edition, vol. 10, col. 1542]
Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
Whoever does not want the fruit, should avoid the tree and the root.
Who are you, BackToLuther, to be so high and mighty in judging these things?
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16
For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged. Romans 3:3-4
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. Romans 3:23-24