90. To repress these very sharp arguments of the laity by force alone, and not to resolve them by giving reasons, is to expose the church and the pope to the ridicule of their enemies and to make Christians unhappy.
Luther knew that the response of the pope and the leaders of the church was “because I said so” type of answers. They leaned on their positions as leaders in the church to give credence to their answers. Luther states here just how unsatisfactory that type of answer was to his questions, and further reason that these are some of the issues that he would like to debate with the church.
We are looking back over 500 years to the time that Luther was writing and we can see just how prophetic his statements were, the church and the pope would be ridiculed and people would be so unhappy with the church that they would leave and some would never came back. In the years to come, the church would try and answer these questions but in most cases it was too little too late. In a very real sense the Holy Roman Church never recovered from the questions that Luther raised in the 95 Theses.
Luther wanted to talk to the church about “reform” but when the leaders saw Luther they saw, “revolt”.
Sweet Jesus Lord of Heaven and Earth come fill my heart today with the love only You can give. Allow me to see the world that You have made with the same love and care that You have for Your creation. Let me see in Your church here on earth the power of Your presence. In Your name, Amen.