The writings of Martin Luther helped spur the Reformation and inspired the rise of Protestantism in the 16 century. Luther gave different reasons for his break from the Catholic Church at different times in his life. This lesson features two sources attributed to Luther - an excerpt from the letter he wrote that accompanied what came to be his and part of a talk he gave later in life. Students compare the documents and consider how to weigh contrasting accounts of history written by the same person.
Natural man is a slave to sin. His will is bound to doing nothingbut evil. This is the thesis of Martin Luther's book, the only book, in his own opinion, that was worth saving. Christ said in, "Without meye can do nothing."
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Now, of course, at the great Reformation of the 16th Century (and as you leave this house tonight, and you mark carefully the writing on the main door of the Church, you will see there some of the thesis of Martin Luther against the great Roman apostasy, and Luther with his pen struck that vital blow for Gospel Truth and Gospel Righteousness, and Gospel Freedom). You don't need any Pope. You don't need any priest. You don't need any pastor. You don't need any preacher. Salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. All the priests are redundant, so when you meet him tomorrow tell him to go to Corporation Street. He is redundant. There is no work for him to do. There is no sacrifice to be offered. There is no victim to be laid on the altar. There is no need for any sacrificing priest, for our Great High Priest finished the work that God gave Him to do. It is finished! It is all done! I'm not going to Heaven because of what I do. I'm going to Heaven because of what Jesus has done. I'm not going to Heaven because of something that I am or that I hope to be. I'm going to Heaven because of something Jesus is and what He ever will be. So our salvation is complete and finished and finalised in Christ, and our forefathers struggled out from under the tyranny, and the darkness and the priestcraft and the superstition and Babylonianism of Roman apostasy into liberty, and the nations of Europe came out from the Dark Ages into liberty, and Rome fell and great was her fall, but immediately Rome saw that her grip on the nations had been weakened she commenced, through the Jesuits, the counter-Reformation. This was to counter the Reformation and its principles of freedom. What is the great foundation of Protestantism? The great foundation of Protestantism is this Book, the Bible.