It was October 31, 1517 when Martin Luther nailed his 95 Thesis to the Wittenberg Door, protesting some abuses that were occurring in those dark days of the Roman Catholic Church.
This act changed history and Western Europe would be part of a struggle between denominations from that moment on.
Martin Luther, born to a German peasant family, put himself to school by singing. He had a great voice and loved to sing all his life! Have you heard of "A Mighty Fortress is Our God"? Martin Luther wrote that song!
He struggled to overcome his sin and become a good Christian man, but the more he struggled, the more he seemed to lose. Through the counsel of a loving father in the faith and his own personal study of the Word, Martin stumbled across this principle: THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH. This truth changed Martin's life forever!
It is nothing like the Roman Catholic church you see today. In my lifetime, we have had godly popes who care about the church, but back then, many wicked and corrupt men were in high places of leadership: popes, archbishops, and bishops. Now, there were some good men who were church leaders and they spoke out against the bad beahvior, but the corrupt leaders caused a mess of trouble. There were evil practices going on like selling indulgences and church offices.
The evil in the church was hurting the people in Luther's congregation and he had enough. So, he spoke out against the evils and for the truth in the Word of God of living by faith. The 95 Thesis, or ideas, were straight from the Bible, but it made the pope furious.
Eventually, Luther had to appear before a Diet of Worms. It's not what you think. Worms is a city and a "diet" is a council. Anyway, he was asked to recant what he had written in his books and other writings. He refused.
This is what he said, "I cannot, and I will not retract.....Here I stand. I can do no other, may God help me amen!"
There is much more to this exciting man (kidnapping, living in a castle, translating the Bible into German, marrying a nun, translating beer songs into hymns). I hope I have whetted your appetite to learn more about him.
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Remember that God placed you at a certain time in history in a certain location so that you, too, can be a Christian hero or heroine.
Be a hero for His glory!
(Meredith Ludwig Curtis)