Luther on an Ass Against a Prophet
I’m reading through Luther’s "An Address to the Christian Nobility of the German Nation Concerning the Reform of the Christian Estate." It is quite interesting.
I’m just a few pages in right and he’s arguing that it doesn’t make sense scripturally to argue that nobody can critique the pope because of his authority. I read this gem and thought it was a clever rhetorical move:
In the olden days Abraham had to listen to Sarah, although she was in more complete subjection to him than we are to anyone on earth. Balaam’s ass, also, was wiser than the prophet himself. If God then spoke an ass against a prophet, why should He not be able even now to speak by a righteous man against the pope? In like manner St. Paul rebukes St. Peter as a man in error. Therefore it behooves every Christian to espouse the cause of the faith, to understand and defend it, and to rebuke errors.
I think I agree!