"You're a Lutheran!" – the monks' charge against our Francisco.The last segment presented the Doctrine of the Call by Enzinas that is covered by the Lutheran Confessions such as in these portions – AC XIV; Ap.VI 28; XXVII 41, 49; Treatise 67. I took this occasion to research this Doctrine of the Call a bit and found an essay by Dr. Robert Preus to be helpful for reference. Of course C.F.W. Walther covers this doctrine in the book Church and Ministry. — But this history of San Roman is not about the doctrine of the Call, and we see that it should not be used against the imperatives that our Saviour presents to all Christians, not just the called ministers.
Yes! our dear Francisco, I see you up there in Heaven, by faith, as a shining star with the chains forged into a crown of glory... by faith, I see you... and long to be with you there praising our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ! Would to God that some Spanish Christian would use their talent to depict this image of Francisco's crown into a work of true art.
As I followed the responses of Emperor Charles, to see how deceitful he might have been with Francisco, I was struck by the fact that Charles seemed not the main instigator of the atrocities inflicted upon the Lutherans. While the Spanish guards wanted to throw Francisco into the Danube, Charles restrained them. Charles was acting similar to the way he did with Martin Luther, hesitant to directly reject the Lutheran teaching, only wanting to unify the papists and the "new" religion... the Lutherans. The world will nevertheless point to Charles on the battlefield against the Lutheran princes, yet I see a marked difference between Charles and the other world leaders who were solidly behind the Pope.
BTW, what world leader today does not bow down to the Pope? What theologian today (here and now) does NOT bow down to the Pope? Hmmm... maybe we need another Charles today... to chasten us Lutherans?
If there is a lot of highlighted text in this segment, it is because our dear Francisco moved me to tears so many times... Dear God! ... what an honor to bring this Spanish Lutheran's confession to the world! — In the last Part 23d, the conclusion of Fick's story of San Roman.