Christians should be taught that the pope does not intend the purchase of pardons to be compared in any way to works of mercy. In former times canonical penalties were imposed, not after, but before absolution, as tests of true contrition. It does not seem to be proved either by arguments or by the Holy Writ that they are outside the state of merit and demerit, or increase of love.
He was instrumental in reforming church worship as well as laying the groundwork for the Reformation, which essentially rejected the authority of the Pope and canon law, which is the accumulated body of laws, rules, regulations, and traditional dogmas that governed the practices of the Church.
Bishops who authorise such preaching will have to answer for it.
Ignorant and wicked are the actions of those priests who impose canonical penances on the dead in purgatory. These people would have to be perfect. The right and true treasure of the Church is the most Holy Gospel of the glory and grace of God.
It seems as though for the souls in purgatory fear should necessarily decrease and love increase. Therefore it must be the case that the greater part of the people are deceived by that indiscriminate and highsounding promise of release from penalty.
Problems must be tackled. A true repenter will be sorry for his sins and happily pay for them.
The indulgences which the preachers cry as the "greatest graces" are known to be truly such, in so far as they promote gain. It is wrong that merchants praise indulgences.
Those priests act unreasonably and ill who reserve for Purgatory the penance imposed on the dying. Only God can give salvation — not a priest.
Christians are to be taught that, unless they have more than they need, they must reserve enough for their family needs and by no means squander it on indulgences. But they are much more bound to strain their eyes and ears lest these men preach their own dreams instead of what the pope has commissioned.
Bishops and curates are bound to admit the commissaries of apostolic pardons, with all reverence. Peter's Minster should be burnt to ashes, rather than that it should be built up of the skin, flesh, and bones of his lambs.
Indulgences make the most evil seem unjustly good. Imperfect piety or love on the part of the dying person necessarily brings with it great fear; and the smaller the love, the greater the fear. Those who believe that they can be certain of their salvation because they have indulgence letters will be eternally damned, together with their teachers.
It is certain that when the penny jingles into the money-box, gain and avarice can be increased, but the result of the intercession of the Church is in the power of God alone. Luther responded with typical bluntness that "the die is cast," that he sought no reconciliation with Rome, and called the decisions of the pope a "swamp of heresies.
But bishops are under a much greater obligation to prevent men preaching their own dreams. There seems to be the same difference between hell, purgatory, and heaven as there are between despair, almost-despair, and the assurance of safety.
Again, it seems unproven that they, or at least that all of them, are certain or assured of their own salvation, though we may be quite certain of it.
Peter might have to be sold.Martin Luther's 95 Theses This translation of Martin Luther's 95 theses was published in the Works of Martin Luther by Adolf Spaeth et al [ means "and others" ]. Published Citation: C N Trueman "The 95 Theses – a modern translation" fmgm2018.com The History Learning Site, 17 Mar 17 Sep And thus be confident of entering into heaven rather through many tribulations, than through the assurance of peace.
And thus be confident of entering into heaven rather through many tribulations, than through the assurance of peace. Oct 29, · October 31 isn’t just Halloween, it’s also Reformation Day—the anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle church in Germany in Out of love for the truth and from desire to elucidate it, the Reverend Father Martin Luther, Master of Arts and Sacred Theology, and ordinary lecturer therein at Wittenberg, intends to defend the following statements and to dispute on them in that place.Download