A Treatise on Good Works

A Treatise on Good Works

by Martin Luther

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A Treatise on Good Works by Martin Luther

Truly good works, Luther writes, are not those done with the pretension of doing works pleasing to God, but those that flow from faith. He goes on to discuss good works in the context of each of the Ten Commandments. This treatise was prepared with the interests of Luther's congregation at Wittenberg in mind, but it found a much wider audience.

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ISBN-13: 9781425086282
Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com, Limited
Publication date: 11/28/2007
Pages: 156
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

A Treatise on Good Works - Martin Luther (10 November 1483 - 18 February 1546) was a German monk, Catholic priest, professor of theology and seminal figure of the 16th-century movement in Christianity known later as the Protestant Reformation. He strongly disputed the claim that freedom from God's punishment for sin could be purchased with monetary values. He confronted indulgence salesman Johann Tetzel, a Dominican friar, with his Ninety-Five Theses in 1517. His refusal to retract all of his writings at the demand of Pope Leo X in 1520 and the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V at the Diet of Worms in 1521 resulted in his excommunication by the Pope and condemnation as an outlaw by the Emperor.
Luther taught that salvation and subsequently eternity in heaven is not earned by good deeds but is received only as a free gift of God's grace through faith in Jesus Christ as redeemer from sin and subsequently eternity in Hell. His theology challenged the authority of the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church by teaching that the Bible is the only source of divinely revealed knowledge from God and opposed sacerdotalism by considering all baptized Christians to be a holy priesthood. Those who identify with these, and all of Luther's wider teachings, are called Lutherans even though Luther insisted on Christian as the only acceptable name for individuals who professed Christ.

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