Therefore all hypocrites and idolaters try to do the works that properly pertain to the Deity and belong completely and solely to Christ. They do not actually say with their mouths: “I am God; I am Christ.” Yet in fact they arrogate to themselves the divinity of Christ and His function. In fact, then, they do say: “I am Christ. I am the Savior—not only my own but for others as well.” Thus the monks have taught, and they have persuaded the whole world of this, that they are able to justify not only themselves with their hypocritical sanctity but also others to whom they communicate it, even though it is the proper function of Christ alone to justify the sinner. Thus the pope, by extending his divinity over the whole world, has denied and completely suppressed the work of Christ and His divinity.
Martin Luther | Luther’s Works, Vol. 26: Lectures on Galatians, 1535, Chapters 1–4, ed. Jaroslav Jan Pelikan, Hilton C. Oswald, and Helmut T. Lehmann, vol. 26 (Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1999), 258–259.
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