Today's Luther Fact:
During 1520, Luther writes Address to the Christian Nobility of the Christian Nation, The Babylonian Captivity of the Church, and The Freedom of a Christian. Contrary to how it has been understood in later years, Address to the Christian Nobility does not call for an abolition of the priesthood, episcopacy, nor the papacy. Rather, he argues that they should not be used to establish an “upper class” of Christians. In Babylonian Captivity, Luther writes against the Roman belief in seven Sacraments. Instead, he states, there are three: Baptism, Penance, and the Eucharist. (He later writes that Penance is really just a continuation of Baptism and thus not a separate Sacrament.) It is also here that Luther begins to re-think the Mass and deny the sacrificial images of the Roman Canon. Freedom of a Christian is dedicated to Pope Leo and was sent along with a personal letter “as a token of peace and good hope.”
Did You Know? A Survey of Luther's Life; seven weeks of daily Luther facts was researched, compiled, and commented on by Andrew Lewis, S.T.M. who served as Vicar at St. James from 2016-2017.