The Great Thud of the Reformation (Colossians 3-9-17)

Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledgeafter the image of its creator. Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.

 

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts,kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, whichbinds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

- Colossians 3:9-17

A. True Repentance to God Pardons

Our Lord and Master Jesus Christ, willed that the whole life of believers should be repentance.

- Theses #1

Yet it means not inward repContactentance only; nay, there is no inward repentance which does not outwardly work divers mortifications of the flesh.

- Theses #3

The pope cannot remit any guilt, except by declaring that it has been remitted by God and by assenting to God’s remission;

- Theses #6

Every truly repentant Christian has a right to full remission of penalty and guilt, even without letters of pardon.

- Theses #36

B. There is no Purgatory

This changing of the canonical penalty to the penalty of purgatory is quite evidently one of the tares that were sown while the bishops slept.

- Theses #11

C. Heaven is Gained Through Christ Alone

Therefore those preachers of indulgences are in error, who say that by the pope’s indulgences a man is freed from every penalty, and saved;

- Theses #21

They preach man who say that so soon as the penny jingles into the money-box, the soul flies out [of purgatory].

- Theses #27

They will be condemned eternally, together with their teachers, who believe themselves sure of their salvation because they have letters of pardon.

- Theses #32

Christians are to be exhorted that they be diligent in following Christ, their Head, through penalties, deaths, and hell;

- Theses #94

And thus be confident of entering into heaven rather through many tribulations, than through the assurance of peace.

- Theses #95

D. Preachers Should Preach Only the Bible

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.

- Theses #53

Injury is done the Word of God when, in the same sermon, an equal or a longer time is spent on pardons than on this Word.

- Theses #54

Therefore the treasures of the Gospel are nets with which they formerly were wont to fish for men of riches.

- Theses #65

The treasures of the indulgences are nets with which they now fish for the riches of men.

- Theses #66

But he who guards against the lust and license of the pardon-preachers, let him be blessed!

- Theses #72

The bishops, curates and theologians who allow such talk to be spread among the people, will have an account to render.

- Theses #80

This unbridled preaching of pardons makes it no easy matter, even for learned men, to rescue the reverence due to the pope from slander, or even from the shrewd questionings of the laity.

- Theses #81

Why does not the pope empty purgatory, for the sake of holy love and of the dire need of the souls that are there, if he redeems an infinite number of souls for the sake of miserable money with which to build a Church? The former reasons would be most just; the latter is most trivial.”

- Theses #82

Why does not the pope, whose wealth is to-day greater than the riches of the richest, build just this one church of St. Peter with his own money, rather than with the money of poor believers?”

- Theses #86

E. The Gospel is the Great Treasure of the Church

The true treasure of the Church is the Most Holy Gospel of the glory and the grace of God.

- Theses #62

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