The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Concerning Christian Liberty by Martin Luther:|
outward evil, do to the soul, when even the most pious of men and
the freest in the purity of their conscience, are harassed by
these things? Neither of these states of things has to do with
the liberty or the slavery of the soul.
And so it will profit nothing that the body should be adorned
with sacred vestments, or dwell in holy places, or be occupied in
sacred offices, or pray, fast, and abstain from certain meats, or
do whatever works can be done through the body and in the body.
Something widely different will be necessary for the
justification and liberty of the soul, since the things I have
spoken of can be done by any impious person, and only hypocrites