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:
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..."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
Translation by BTL – Underlining from original – Highlighting is mine – Hyperlinks added for reference.
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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.