The Theology of Luther; In Its Historical Development and Inner Harmony Volume 1

The Theology of Luther; In Its Historical Development and Inner Harmony Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ... thereby grant to the priest any lordship over the souls of men, nor dare the Pope be exalted and looked upon as a terrible man by virtue of his possession of the power of the keys. " For," says he, " the keys do not belong to him, but much rather to me. To me have they been given, for my salvation, my comfort and peace. In the (use of the) keys, the Pope is my minister and servant." But Luther goes still farther, even at this period of his development, rejecting already in clear and positive expressions all dependence of the soul for its salvation upon the arbitrary decision of those holding official positions in the Church. If he always assumes that the regular and proper place for the reception of forgiveness is the confessional of the Church, and that the general and regular administrators of the power of the keys are the priests, it is equally clear that he yet does not regard the dispensation of the divine forgiveness as a matter committed to the priest alone. Already in the German Sermon vom Sacrament der Basse (which is not to be confounded with the Latin Sermo /le Poenitentia), he places upon the same plane as that assigned to the official announcement by the priest the declaration made by any C/zristian brother who assures us of the divine grace. So fully does he lay all the stress upon the Word of grace itself, not upon any particular human administrator, and, on the other hand, upon the faith which receives it wherever and however it be offered. He declares: 2 It follows, that in the sacrament of repentance and forgiveness of guilt a Pope or bishop does'no more than the most obscure priest. Yea, where there is no priest, any C/zristian person, even a woman or child, may do just as much; for more

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  • Paperback | 190 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 349g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123690771X
  • 9781236907714