The Reformation in Germany

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Macmillan, 1914 - Reformation - 466 pages

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Page 65 - Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will show thee. And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great ; and thou shalt be a blessing : And I will bless them that bless thee : and curse him that curseth thee : and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
Page 398 - Pope, when he speaks of the plenary remission of all penalties, does not mean simply of all, but only of those imposed by himself. (21) Thus those preachers of indulgences are in error who say that, by the indulgences of the Pope, a man is loosed and saved from all punishment. (22) For in fact he remits to souls in purgatory no penalty which they would have had to pay in this life according to the canons. (23) If any entire remission of all penalties...
Page 397 - Repent ye," etc., intended that the whole life of believers should be penitence. 2. This word cannot be understood of sacramental penance, that is, of the confession and satisfaction which are performed under the ministry of priests. 3. It does not, however, refer solely to inward penitence; nay such inward penitence is naught, unless it outwardly produces various mortifications of the flesh. 4. The penalty...
Page 400 - Gospel, which is a very great matter, should be preached with a hundred bells, a hundred processions, and a hundred ceremonies. 56. The treasures of the Church, whence the Pope grants indulgences, are neither sufficiently named nor known among the people of Christ. 57. It is clear that they are at least not temporal treasures, for these are not so readily lavished, but only accumulated, by many of the preachers. 58. Nor are they the merits of Christ and of the saints, for these, independently of...
Page 397 - The penalty thus continues as long as the hatred of self — that is, true inward penitence — continues; namely, till our entrance into the kingdom of heaven. 5. The Pope has neither the will nor the power to remit any penalties, except those which he has imposed by his own authority, or by that of the canons.
Page 159 - Councils, it is my privilege to uphold. A single monk, led astray by private judgment, has set himself against the faith held by all Christians for a thousand years and more, and impudently concludes that all Christians up to now have erred. "I have therefore resolved to stake upon this cause all my dominions, my friends, my body and my blood, my life and soul.
Page 95 - Then cometh the end, when he shall deliver up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have abolished all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all his enemies under his feet.
Page 399 - ... of the Pope, but the anger of God. 46. Christians should be taught that, unless they have superfluous wealth, they are bound to keep what is necessary for the use of their own households, and by no means to lavish it on pardons.
Page 398 - Pope a man is freed and saved from all punishment. 22. For in fact he remits to souls in purgatory no penalty which they would have had to pay in this life according to the canons. 23. If any entire remission of all penalties can be granted to any one it is certain that it is granted to none but the most perfect, that is to very few. 24. Hence, the greater part of the people must needs be deceived by this indiscriminate and high-sounding promise of release from penalties.
Page 399 - Christians should be taught that it is not the mind of the Pope, that the buying of pardons is to be in any way compared to works of mercy. 43. Christians should be taught, that he who gives to a poor man, or lends to a needy man, does better than if he bought pardons. 44. Because, by...

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