89. “Since the pope seeks the salvation of souls rather than money by his indulgences, why does he suspend the indulgences and pardons previously granted when they have equal efficacy?”
Here you need to understand a little about what was happening with the sale of indulgences. In order to sell more indulgences, the pope had declared that any previous indulgences or pardons that had be granted by previous popes were null and void. So people who had assumed that they were completely forgiven or that their loved ones were bought out of purgatory because of indulgences they purchased years ago, now had to buy new ones given out by this pope. Luther’s point was that you are either forgiven or you are not. When they say what was done before is not now valid that actually makes the indulgences sold now just as worthless.
Luther wanted to support the pope and his ideas, but these kind of edicts made it hard for Luther to justify the actions of the pope. In other writings he laid the blame for these actions on Tetzel and the other indulgence salesmen because he wanted to believe that the pope was innocent. But to those of us who have less allegiance to the pope we see his corruption in these actions.
Once again we are reminded not to put our trust in men, but to put our trust in God alone!
Creator Redeemer Sanctifier I put all my trust in You. You are my Heavenly joy and triumph. Give me the assurance of Your forgiving touch, that I may live for You in all that I do. In Jesus name, Amen.