Creeds, Faith Statements, and Catechisms of the Reformation
48. Christians are to be taught that the pope, ingranting pardons, needs, and therefore desires, their devout prayer for him more than themoney they bring.
Creeds and Faith Statements of the Reformed Tradition
Now although, up to the present time, neither this most celebratedand renowned school of ours, nor any civil or ecclesiastical powerhas condemned me, yet there are, as I hear, some men of headlongand audacious spirit, who dare to pronounce me a heretic, as thoughthe matter had been thoroughly looked into and studied.
But onmy part, as I have often done before, so now too, I implore all men,by the faith of Christ, either to point out to me a better way,if such a way has been divinely revealed to any, or at least tosubmit their opinion to the judgment of God and of the Church.
Here are 13 samples of Luther's theses:
39. It is most difficult, even for the very keenesttheologians, at one and the same time to commend to the people the abundance of pardonsand [the need of] true contrition.
A new religious group appeared from Luther’s theses, .
In addition, he denied the pope's power over purgatory, stated that the believer always has true forgiveness without indulgences, and condemned the interest shown in money rather than souls.
The church divided into Catholic Christians and Protestants.
38. Nevertheless, the remission and participation [inthe blessings of the Church] which are granted by the pope are in no way to be despised,for they are, as I have said, the declaration of divine remission.
Aland, ed., Martin Luther's 95 Theses; H.
43. Christians are to be taught that he who gives tothe poor or lends to the needy does a better work than buying pardons; 44. Because love grows by works of love, and manbecomes better; but by pardons man does not grow better, only more free from penalty.
Grimm, ed.,Luther's Works, XXXI; E.
37. Every true Christian, whether living or dead, haspart in all the blessings of Christ and the Church; and this is granted him by God, evenwithout letters of pardon.
Augusteum / Lutherhaus in Lutherstadt Wittenberg
Even though they do not reveal the full development of Luther's theology, October 31, 1517, the day they were supposedly posted on the Wittenberg Castle Church door, has traditionally been considered the starting point of the Reformation.
One such man was the reformer, Martin Luther (1483-1546).
They are enemies of Christ and of the pope, who bid the Word of God be altogether silent in some Churches, in order that pardons may be preached in others.