Luther’s Warning to the Pope

In light of yesterday’s news about Pope Ratzinger’s declaration (see yesterday’s post), Luther’s warning to Pope Leo X seemed quite relevant:

“Beware of the sirens who would make you not simply a man but half a god. You are a servant of servants. Do not listen to those who say that none can be Christians without your authority, who make you the lord of heaven, hell, and purgatory. They err who put you above a council and the universal Church. They err who make you the sole interpreter of Scripture.”

From: “The Freedom of the Christian Man,” Luther’s second response to the papal bull against him known popularly as Exsurge Domine. Quoted by Roland Bainton in Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther, p. 127.


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