Thursday, October 20, 2016

Luther Did Not Have Faith

“In a heretic who denies one Article of Faith there is no habit if faith, and this is so because every habit is specified by its formal object, and if this is removed the essence of the habit disappears. But the formal object of faith is the First Truth, inasmuch as it is manifest in Sacred Scripture and in the doctrine of the Church which proceeds from the First Truth. Whoever therefor does not accept, as an infallible and Divine rule, the doctrine of the Church which proceeds from the First Truth, and as it is manifested in Sacred Scripture, such a person has not the habit of faith, and the things which are of faith he accepts from motives other than that of faith. It is like one who assents to a conclusion without knowing or understanding the connection between it and the premises from which it is deduced. This knowledge is not scientific, but merely an opinion.

“So, likewise, it is manifest that he who adheres to the teachings of the Church, as to an infallible rule, assents to whatever the Church teaches; otherwise, if, of the things taught by the Church, he holds what he chooses to hold, and rejects what he chooses to reject, he no longer adheres to the teachings it the Church as to an infallible rule, but to his own will. Hence it is evident that a heretic who obstinately disbelieves even one article of faith, is not prepared to follow the teaching of the Church in all things (but if he is not obstinate, he is not a heretic but only erring). Therefore it is clear that such a heretic with regard to one article has no faith in the other articles, but only a kind of opinion in accordance with his own will.”

Saint Thomas Aquinas

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