Luther Quote of the Day

Accordingly, the devil wanted to make a laughingstock of us with his tricks and to blunt our minds and eyes, lest we be able to give attention to this Antichrist, who sits in the holy place (cf. 2 Thess. 2:4). For because of his counsels and lies it came to pass that the Antichrist took his seat in the church, yet not to govern it with divine laws, promises, and grace—for this he could not have done—but to do so in the opposite way. This means that where Christ, by means of the gift of the Holy Spirit, remits sins and frees consciences from sin, death, hell, and the Power of the devil, there, on the other hand, the Roman pontiff filled the world with countless snares and lies before we could be aware of these things or form a judgment about them. For what else does he do while sitting in the temple of God than lay snares with which he takes consciences captive and slays them with his foolish and innumerable laws and altogether unnecessary traditions concerning food, drink, clothing, etc.? And he fulminates and thunders horribly against those who do not obey him and hands them over to the power of Satan.

This indeed is what it means to teach things that are contrary to Christ and the Gospel. For Christ frees us from the might of God’s Law, from the accusation of the Law or the Decalog, and from the obligations of ceremonies. But the pope has said that even hair, food, drink, house, wife, and everything in nature are subject to sin and contaminated unless they have been permitted by him and sanctified by his decretals

Luther’s works, vol. 8: Lectures on Genesis: Chapters 45-50

p 283-284

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