The Influence Of Martin Luther And The Protestant Reformation

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Martin Luther was an influential leader during the Protestant Reformation. He confronted the Roman Catholic Church on their system of indulgences while everyone turned a blind eye. Constantly, Luther was called a liar, heretic, and an outlaw by the Catholic Church for his teachings that conflicted with the Roman Catholics’ religious orders and beliefs. However, he never stood down regardless of if he was to face death or excommunication. His theology would be the sole foundation of his teachings in regards to the Reformation. He argued that as believers of Christ, they must go to God directly for the forgiveness of sins, not to man. Using the Bible as evidence to authenticate his claims on salvation and God’s sovereignty, Martin Luther took a stand against the Roman Catholic Church during the Protestant Reformation between 1517 to 1521 preaching against the system of indulgences which lead to the spread of Protestantism, sparking a divide amongst the Christian faith.
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Initially, this debate was between Andreas Karlstadt, a man who was to defend to doctrines of grace and free will. On the other side, there was John Eck, a man who constantly defend the doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church. In addition, Eck invited Luther also. With that being the case, issues were added to debate about, such as, the papal authority, penance, the selling of indulgences, and purgatory. Once Luther made his statement, Eck argued that the pope is a religious representative of Christ. In response, Luther argued that if the pope and priests of the Catholic Church can intentionally behave in a corrupt manner then this proves to show that the pope is not infallible. His argument against the pope was the climax for the Roman Catholic Church. This caused a divide in the Catholic Church and only strengthened the Reformation that Luther was

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