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From the Confessions: The Defense of the Augsburg Confession
Concerning Monastic Vows
Thus the entire monastic life is filled with hypocrisy and false opinions. Added to all these, is this danger: that those in these orders are compelled to assent to those persecuting the truth. There are therefore, many important and persuasive reasons that release good people from an obligation to this kind of life.
Pulling It Together
Be sure that your commitments depend upon God’s promises, power, and faithfulness, instead of your own. Be doubly certain that you do not imagine keeping your promises is the way to salvation. The truth shall set you free (John 8:32). Jesus sets us free. There is no other way or life that brings us to the Father—and to his forgiveness and salvation—than Jesus.
Prayer: Be my life, Jesus. Amen.
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This edition of the Luther's Small Catechism is specifically designed to go with the Sola Confimation Series. The 2010 Sola/ReClaim Edition* is a faithful word-for-word translation from Luther's German Catechism. It also includes the section on the Office of the Keys, added later to Luther's Catechism.