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Martin Luther
(1483-1546)

Martin Luther was a German priest and professor of theology who initiated the Protestant Reformation. He strongly disputed the asser-tion that freedom from God’s punishment of sin could be purchased with money. October 31, 1517 Luther wrote out the 95 Thesis and nailed them to the door of Wittenburg’s Castle Church. His refusal to retract his writings resulted in his excommunication by the pope and condemnation as an outlaw by the emperor.

Martin Luther
(1483-1546)

A Mighty Fortress
Martin Luther | 1527
A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;
Our helper he, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing.
For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and power are great; and, armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.
Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing—
Were not the right man on our side, the man of God’s own choosing.
Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is he,
Lord Sabaoth his name, from age to age the same,
And he must win the battle.
And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us;
We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us.
The prince of darkness grim—we tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure, for lo! His doom is sure.
Our little word shall fell him.
That word above all earthly powers—no thanks to them—abideth;
The Spirit and the gifts are ours through him who with us sideth.
Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also;
The body they may kill: God’s truth abideth still,
His kingdom is forever.

Here is a link to the 95 Thesis https://www.luther.de/en/95thesen.html

 

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