|John Frederick the Magnanimous|
Franz Pieper carried the weight of the pure Gospel in meetings with other American Lutherans several times in the 20th century. And sadly, these other American Lutherans would not come back to God's Word in the matters of Justification, Conversion, Inspiration and Inerrancy. And I believe that Franz Pieper could see the weakness even within his own dear Missouri Synod on these matters and so he had to constantly delineate the proper basis for Church unity, as he did in the document that bears the stamp of his authorship:
If Pieper was blind to this weakness among his brethren, then why else would he have admonished them to study his theses in his "Last Words" to his Missouri Synod? Just as John Frederick was resolute for the Gospel and God's Word at the Diet of Regensburg, so Franz Pieper was resolute. And the Brief Statement of 1932 stands, in spite of today's LC-MS doubts and disputations.
Pieper references a source for his information on Elector John Frederick – Seckendorf's Commentary... . I want to expand on this highly regarded work for the history of Lutheranism in my next blog post.