67. The indulgences which the preachers cry as the "greatest graces" are known to be truly such, in so far as they promote gain. 75. To think the papal pardons so great that they could absolve a man even if he had committed an impossible sin and violated the Mother of God -- this is madness. 76. We say, on the contrary, that the papal pardons are not able to remove the very least of venial sins, so far as its guilt is concerned. Document Discussion Questions – 1. What does Luther say is the true treasure of the church? Luther says that the true treasure is the grace and glory of the teachings of God. 2. What does Luther say about buying pardons (indulgences)? He says that they promote gain and the preachers say that they are the “greatest graces.” 3. Judging from all of these, what is Luther’s opinion on the position of the pope? His opinion is that the pope’s pardons aren't that inestimable gift of God by which man is reconciled to Him. 4. Rather than buying pardons, people should spend their money on what? They should be giving their money to the poor that need it more than them. 5. Does Luther believe a Christian has to have a pardon to be forgiven? What DOES a Christian need? He does not believe that Christians should have a pardon because they need to repent.
6. What can papal pardons do (or not do) according to Martin Luther? According to Martin Luther papal pardons are not allowed to remove venial sins. 7. After reading all of these do you feel whether the pope had just cause to excommunicate Luther form the church? I believe that the pope knew that Luther was not in the wrong but they still excluded him. 8. What does Luther’s motivation seem to be after reading excerpts from his controversial text? It seems that Luther really wants the people to fully understand and know about Christianity and God.
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