Whence cometh all this mischief? Verily it is the hand of God to avenge the wantonness of great men, which will walk without the fear of God, following the steps of the high prelates, contrary unto their profession; and to avenge the wrongs, the blasphemies, and subtle persecuting of his word.
If you put any trust in your own deeds, or in the deeds of any other man, even of a saint, then you diminish the truth, mercy, and goodness of God. For if God looks to your works, or to the works of any other man, or to the goodness of the saint, then he does not do all things of pure mercy and of his goodness, and for the truth’s sake which he has sworn in Christ. Now Paul says, it is “not for the righteous deeds we did, but by his mercy he saved us.”