32. Those who believe that they can be certain of their salvation because they have indulgence letters will be eternally damned, together with their teachers.
This Thesis states that indulgences are worthless, in fact they are worse than worthless they are harmful. Because they do nothing if a person trusts in them for salvation they will not be saved, but rather end up damned. The teachers and sellers of the indulgences will be damned also because they lied about what the indulgences could do in order to sell them.
If you are a teacher, pastor or leader in your church, you should give this Thesis another look because it is stating very clearly that we will be held accountable for what we teach. Today just as in Luther’s day we have false teachers. People that are pointing others away from Jesus to some other answer for their eternal life. The bible says it would be better for those teachers to have a millstone hung around their neck and be thrown into the sea. Not a great prospect.
One of the things that upset Luther was that the churchmen who the people looked up too were leading them astray. We have that today as well. Teachers in the church that want to turn our hope away from Jesus to something else. They may not deny Jesus, but they emphasize other things, things like church rules or church attendance or extreme giving. Sometimes the things that they teach are not wrong things but just should not be as important as they would make them. Some would make holy living so important that it overshadows the free gift of salvation that God gave through Jesus.
So many teachers today have a tendency to make the gospel into Law! Not a gift from God as He has planned but they make it something that you have to work to achieve.
Dear Father in Heaven, have mercy on me and grant me the grace to receive the great salvation that Jesus won for me. Help me to trust completely in You for this salvation and not rely on my own skills and efforts. In Jesus name, Amen.