“Comfort Ye My People”: A Reformation Perspective on Absolution: The Lutheran View

Wednesday, 01 Mar 2017

Some years back, I viewed Amadeus in the student lounge of the Assemblies of God college my friend was attending. In this film about Mozart, a Roman Catholic priest visits a lunatic asylum where Salieri, a court musician of mediocre talent, is pining away his last days. The priest seems sincere and has a good pastoral manner. Nobody reacts negatively to this character until he announces the purpose of his visit. He speaks the words “I come to offer you the forgiveness of God,” and the room explodes in mockery. Several students immediately point to their chests ...

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