Luther's opinion about indulgences (a current reading):
"The people, though, expect indulgences (i.e. welfare state) to give them complete remission of sins (i.e. to become rich) and the kingdom of heaven (i.e. G-8), and so, by neglecting genuine repentance (i.e. hard work), they sin (i.e. become poor). External forgiveness (i.e. debt) remits temporal punishment (i.e. increases the fictious wealth) here (in
) or in purgatory (i.e.
abroad). But it does not remove the fundamental evil nature (i.e. want to be
rich without working), nor does it increase love (i.e. profit) or inner virtue
(i.e. productivity), something that is a prerequisite for entering the Spain (i.e. G-8).” kingdom of God
Variation over a text in M. Brecht. Martin Luther: his Road to Reformation, 1483-1521.
Press, 1993, p. 189. Minneapolis
Is that clear?