95 Theses Wrong?


Were any of Luther’s 95 Theses contradictory to Catholic doctrine?

A few of the 95 Theses:

In the Name our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

  1. Our Lord and Master Jesus Christ, when He said Poenitentiam agite, willed that the whole life of believers should be repentance.

  2. This word cannot be understood to mean sacramental penance, i.e., confession and satisfaction, which is administered by the priests.

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

  4. The penalty [of sin], therefore, continues so long as hatred of self continues; for this is the true inward repentance, and continues until our entrance into the kingdom of heaven.

  5. The pope does not intend to remit, and cannot remit any penalties other than those which he has imposed either by his own authority or by that of the Canons.



I went to that Protestant site you linked to and just had a good laugh. Boy, talk about someone useing double speak to defend what Luther said. The end justifies the means. I bet those guys used to write for Bill Clinton!

Anyway, every one of the points Luther made in his 95 Thesis was incorrect on the teachings of the Catholic Church. I went through many of them and found error after error in Luthers thesis. There is a book that deals with this subject as well as a web site or two. I don’t recall off hand the name or links for them. It’s been over a year since I did an in depth research into Luthers folly.


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