Martin Luther

Martin Luther

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  • Trouble for the Church
  • Martin Luther
  • 95 Theses
  • Schism (multiple popes), simony (buying church jobs) & indulgences (selling forgiveness) caused reformers to speak out.
  • Five Solas
  • The Catholic Church taught that by ascending these steps on your knees in an appropriate fashion, you can buy an indulgence for someone in purgatory. If you ascended each step reciting “Our Father” you could release a soul from purgatory. Luther wanted to free his grandfather – Lindemann Luther – from purgatory. While Luther was climbing the stairs on his knees, he thought he heard a voice of thunder which cried at the bottom of his heart, 
  • Diet of Worms
  • “The 95 Theses,”were a list of questions and propositions for debate. Popular legend has it that on October 31, 1517 Luther defiantly nailed a copy of his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle church.
  • German Bible
  • These “five solas” were developed in response to specific perversions of the truth that were taught by the corrupt Roman Catholic Church. The Roman Church taught that the foundation for faith and practice was a combination of the scriptures, sacred tradition, and the teachings of the magisterium and the pope
  • Luther defied the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V by refusing to recant his writings. He had been called to Worms, Germany, to appear before the Diet (assembly) of the Holy Roman Empire and answer charges of heresy.
  • In Luther's time, the German language consisted of several regional dialects. The rise of the middle class, the growth of trade, and the invention of the printing press all played a part. But the key factor was Luther's Bible.
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