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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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!"
|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"
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..."