[quote=RonWI]Perhaps I should have been more specific. I should have said because I can give credit to no one or thing other than Christ. Because my salvation is credited to Christ alone, I can boast of my confidence in Him and it. He did everything in his passion. He paid the entire price. There is nothing left for me to do or pay.
From the Council of Trent:
Against the vain confidence of Heretics. But, although it is necessary to believe that sins neither are remitted, nor ever were remitted save gratuitously by the mercy of God for Christ’s sake; yet is it not to be said, that sins are forgiven, or have been forgiven, to any one who boasts of his confidence and certainty of the remission of his sins, and rests on that alone; seeing that it may exist, yea does in our day exist, amongst heretics and schismatics; and with great vehemence is this vain confidence, and one alien from all godliness, preached up in opposition to the Catholic Church. You’ve misunderstood. The Council of Trent is here inveighing against
"presumption." The Church is saying,"You’re not saved because you believe you’re saved."
DECREE CONCERNING INDULGENCES.Whereas the power of conferring Indulgences was granted by Christ to the Church; and she has, even in the most ancient times, used the said power, delivered unto her of God; the sacred holy Synod teaches, and enjoins, that the use of Indulgences, for the Christian people most salutary, and approved of [Page 278] by the authority of sacred Councils, is to be retained in the Church; and It condemns with anathema those who either assert, that they are useless; or who deny that there is in the Church the power of granting them.
Of course you have a problem with this: you’re a Lutheran. You reject the authority of the Keys, you reject that this authority was given to Peter or that it devolves upon his successors or that it is shared by the bishops of the Church, even though Christ speaks of it twice (one to Peter, then to the 12 together) and reinforces it when He breathed the Holy Spirit upon them and gave them the power to remit sins. You know, that’s a a huge chunk of “Sola Scriptura” that you’re rejecting there.