Here I Stand: a Life of Martin Luther Themes

Roland Bainton
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Priesthood of All Believers

The Catholic Church teaches at this time that the members of the clergy have the ability to do things the parishioners cannot do. In communion, only the clergy drink the wine for fear that a lay person might be careless and spill what they consider to be the blood of Christ. The clergy listen to parishioners confess their sins and then pray on their behalf. The parishioners do not directly confess their sins to God. It is the Pope and Catholic priests who can interpret Scripture. Most Catholics do not read their Bibles because they rely on the clergy to tell them about the Bible. It is Martin Luther who first challenges the power given to clergy. As a devout student of God's Word, Luther examines the Scriptures and declares that the Bible grants priesthood to all believers. This means that anyone who believes in...

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