The Roman Catholic Church was becoming corrupt and therefore they needed money to fund the building of their new church. Priests were discussing ways of making money with the Pope Leo X and settled on the idea of selling indulgences to the people.
To end our finacial issues lets sell indulgences to make money off the people.
I like your thinking, get to work straight away and gather lots of money for me.
The church started to sell indulgences which were a piece of paper that told people that they would go straight to heaven if they bought one. This led to many people wasting their much needed money on a worthless piece of paper.
Good people of the church, here with me I have these rare indulgences that will grant you or a family member direct access to God's Kingdom. To own one of these indulgences just give a small donation to the church.
These indulgences seem pretty legit. I am going to buy one.
Martin Luther found out that the church was selling indulgences and was not happy. He felt that he needed to do something to stop people getting scammed.
Im so happy we bought an indulgence, now we will go straight to heaven.
The church cannot just sell a piece of paper and say that it will take someone to heaven. It is good words and actions that gets us to heaven. I am going to do something about this.
Martin cannot make these accusations against the church. He is a heretic and will pay for this if he doesnt recant this writing.
Martin Luther wrote 95 theses against the church and placed it on the main church door. Here, it was red by many people and made people stop wanting to buy indulgences. When the Pope found out about it, he became very angry.
Yeah, lets do something about it.
As Luther did not agree to recant his 95 theses Pope Leo X decided to excommunicate Martin and named him a heretic. Martin left all his followers behind and went into hiding where he was protected by powerful German Princes.
I hear by excommunicate Martin Luther from the Roman Catholic Church as he is a heretic due to his accusations against the church.
The church will not get away with this.
While in hiding Martin felt the need to do something big. He started to translate the Holy Bible from Latin into German so people all could read God's word. He made many copies due to the help of a printing press. The Bibles spread around and people started to read them which led to the start of the Protestant Reformation.
Yes! I have finally finished translating the Bible thanks to the help of the printing press. Once this Bible gets out people will understand that the church is working against Gods word. Hopefully a reformation of the of the church will occur so that the selling of indulgences can end.