The Contestant Reformation Of Martin Luther: The Protestant Reformation

Jordan Starr
Ms. Hitt
H World History
12 October 2015
Martin Luther Essay Rough Draft “If there is no struggle there is no progress” (Frederick Douglass). Hundreds of years ago the world was ruled by the pope and Catholicism. Everyone obeyed the pope and followed his rules. People became desensitized to what they were doing and true faith in Jesus had faded away. Yet, a few men dared to change the course of faith. Although, it was not an easy path they headed down they persevered through struggles and began the protestant reformation against Catholicism. The protestant reformation of the 1500’s had many different paths but two very important paths were Martin Luther’s fight against the Catholic Church, and King Henry VIII’s longing to divorce
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Eventually, when Luther realized that salvation did not come from good works, but it actually came from faith and faith alone. “For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith, as it is written, ‘The righteous shall live by faith” (New King James Version, Rom. 1:17). This changed Martin’s outlook on salvation and he began to make a change. Upset with the Catholic Church’s use of indulgences and many other things, Luther wrote his famous “95 Theses” in 1517. “In his theses, Luther flatly denied that indulgences had any power to remit sin” (Ramirez, Steams, and Windeburg 52). Luther’s theses were published and spread throughout Europe. Many people agreed with the ideas and the desire for reform grew. As it grew Luther began to spread his message by telling people that the only true head of the Christian Church is not the pope, but Jesus Christ. (Ramirez, Steams, and Windeburg 53). Luther continued his work and even translated the Bible into German. In 1520, Luther wrote an address to the German Nobles. In it he says, “For if a thing is common to all, no man may take it himself without the wish and command of the community...therefore a priest should be nothing in Christendom but a functionary” (Martin Luther). Due to all of this, in 1520, Pope Leo X decided to expel Luther from the …show more content…
As a young king, was a very faithful catholic and he wrote many protests against Luther. (Ramirez, Steams, and Windeburg

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