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By Martin Luther

ISBN-10: 0800698932

ISBN-13: 9780800698935

"Luther's transformational suggestion of justification by means of religion by myself used to be usually misunderstood and misrepresented within the early years of the Reformation. In 1520, together with his Wittenberg congregation in brain, Luther got down to make clear the biblical beginning of excellent works. In doing so he recast the very definitions of 'sacred' and 'secular' either for his personal iteration and ours. Treatise on solid works is the second one of an Read more...

summary: "Luther's transformational suggestion of justification via religion by myself used to be frequently misunderstood and misrepresented within the early years of the Reformation. In 1520, along with his Wittenberg congregation in brain, Luther got down to make clear the biblical beginning of excellent works. In doing so he recast the very definitions of 'sacred' and 'secular' either for his personal iteration and ours. Treatise on sturdy works is the second one of an occasional sequence of publications to key Reformation treatises by means of Martin Luther. aimed toward expanding figuring out and curiosity between modern readers, those slender, cheap volumes characteristic new translations and a number of worthwhile features"--Publisher description

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67 The fourth sort of people understand this faith and spiritual life, but their understanding is immature and childlike. They have to be enticed with rituals, rules, and external things—readings, praying, fasting, singing, attending worship in churches with all their trappings, adornment, organ music, and whatever else is observed in cloisters and churches—until they learn to recognize faith. A great danger lurks here because the leaders are caught up in these rituals and external matters and treat them as if they were most important while ignoring faith.

After having faith, we can do nothing greater than to praise and honor God and to extol, preach, and sing his name, magnifying it in every way we can. I said above that no differences exist among works in which faith is present and active, but that holds true only when those works are measured against faith and its work. If, however, works are compared with one another, then differences do exist and one is greater than another. The same is true of the body and its members. When they are considered together and measured against the health of the entire body, there is no difference among them and all are equally healthy; but considered individually there is a difference, and one member is greater, nobler, and more useful than another.

3:31. 7. Urbanus Rhegius, Anzeigung, daß die römische Bulle merklichen Schaden in Gewissen mancher Menschen gebracht und nicht Doctor Luthers Lehre (Augsburg, 1521), C4r–v. The examples of leisure are based on sayings related to Schlaraffenland, an imaginary place found in European fairy tales that was alleged to contain a surplus of everything. Luther also alludes to it. See sec. 2 in “The Seventh Commandment,” below. 8. Official ecclesiastical letters that reduced the amount of penance to be performed in this life and in purgatory.

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