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95 Theses: Thesis 91

by PastorWilliams on September 24th, 2017

“If, therefore, pardons were preached according to the spirit and mind of the pope, all these doubts would be readily resolved; nay, they would not exist.”

If pardons were preached the way that the Pope would have them be preached–the way that the Evangelicals would preach them, there would be no doubts about salvation and forgiveness. But that is the greatest practical problem with Roman Catholic theology.

Roman Catholics are instructed that they can never be certain about their own forgiveness and salvation. Purgatory was invented so that there could be certainty. Everyone who doesn’t die in mortal sin will get to go there and eventually make it into Heaven. But this doesn’t provide any Christian security and hope.

Christ died on the cross to forgive all sins. He doesn’t leave room for any doubt in His atonement. There should be no doubts in the Christian’s heart, mind or soul in regards to their salvation and standing before God as forgiven sinners. This would become the basis of Lutheran preaching for centuries to come.

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