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Author: Martin Luther

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None of the Fathers of the Church made mention of original sin until Augustine came, who made a difference between original and actual sin; namely, that original sin is to covet, lust, and desire, which is the root and cause of actual sin; such lust and desire in the faithful, God forgives, imputing it not unto them for the sake of Christ, seeing they resist it by the assistance of the Holy Ghost. As St. Paul, Romans 8. The Papists and other sinners oppose the known truth. St. Paul says: ’A man that is an heretic after the first and second admonition, rejects,’ knowing that such an one sins, being condemned of himself. And Christ says: ’Let them alone, they are blind leaders of the blind.’ If one err through ignorance, he will be instructed; but if he be hardened, and will not yield to the truth, like Pharaoh, who would not acknowledge his sins, or humble himself before God, and therefore was destroyed in the Red Sea, even so will he be destroyed. We are all sinners by nature — conceived and born in sin; sin has poisoned us through and through; we have from Adam a will, which continually sets itself against God, unless by the Holy Ghost it be renewed and changed. Of this neither the philosophers nor the lawyers know anything; therefore they are justly excluded from the circuit of divinity, not grounding their doctrine upon God’s word.

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Chicago: Martin Luther, "244," Table Talk, trans. William Hazlitt in The Table Talk or Familiar Discourse of Martin Luther (London: D. Bogue, 1848), Original Sources, accessed July 22, 2024, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=GQC517H6329P2FK.

MLA: Luther, Martin. "244." Table Talk, translted by William Hazlitt, in The Table Talk or Familiar Discourse of Martin Luther, London, D. Bogue, 1848, Original Sources. 22 Jul. 2024. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=GQC517H6329P2FK.

Harvard: Luther, M, '244' in Table Talk, trans. . cited in 1848, The Table Talk or Familiar Discourse of Martin Luther, D. Bogue, London. Original Sources, retrieved 22 July 2024, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=GQC517H6329P2FK.