Martin was born in Eisleben, Germany. He wanted to become a monk, so he moved to Wittenberg to study theology. Martin became a well educated theologian.
Have you heard about Martin Luther?
Yes, he makes many good points!
Martin noticed the catholic church needed to change. There were so many issues that had to be discussed, such as the fact that they were selling indulgences to the public, and that church services were not always spoken in a Catholic's own language. Martin wanted to change this.
WE WANT CHANGE!
WE ARE LUTHERANS!
So, on the 31st of October, 1517, Martin went ahead and posted his 95 Theses on the church door in Wittenberg, Germany. This action was the spark of the reformation, causing many riots and great conflict against the Catholic Church.
Here we gather today as Lutherans to spread the word of the lord.
Martin's 95 Theses gained lots of interest, causing him to gain followers and leading to many protests that went against the Catholic Church. People were demanding for reformation.
In 1521, Martin Luther was summoned to the Diet of Worms so that the church could review his writings. The Catholic Church was not happy with Martin Luther so they banned his writings and declared him a heretic. Martin's followers continued to protest, wanting change in the Catholic religion.
After the reformation, the church basically broke up into thousands of different religions that all had similar beliefs. Martin Luther's religion lived on, and is known as Lutheranism. Christianity as a whole changed forever.