I have to tell a story. A doctor was sent here to Wittenberg from France, who openly told us that his king was convinced that we have no Church, no government, no marriage, but that we all live promiscuously like cattle and do as we please. Imagine those whose writings have instilled such crude lies into the king and other countries, presenting them as the pure truth. How will they face us when we are brought before the judgment seat of Christ? Christ, the Lord and Judge of us all, knows well that they lie. They, in turn, must hear His sentence. May God convert to repentance those who can be converted! To the rest will be said, "Woe and alas!" for eternity.
I return to the subject. I really would like to see a truly Christian council, so that many people and issues might be helped. Not that we need help. Our churches are now, through God's grace, enlightened and equipped with the pure Word and right use of the Sacraments, with knowledge of the various callings and right works. So, on our part, we ask for no council. On such points, we have nothing better to hope or expect from a council. But we see throughout the bishops' jurisdictions so many parishes vacant and desolate that it breaks our heart. Neither the bishops nor the Church officials care how the poor people live or die. Christ has died for them, yet they are not allowed to hear Him speak as the true Shepherd with His sheep. (paragraphs 8-10)
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