Discover the Lives & Teachings of the Protestant Reformers

Martin Luther

No single person is more closely associated with the Protestant Reformation than Martin Luther. Most consider the official start of the Protestant Reformation to be when Luther nailed his 95 theses on the door of the castle church in Wittenberg, Germany.

Martin Luther was born on November 10, 1483. His parents were not wealthy and they wanted their son to have a better live than they did. So they sacrificed to send Luther to school to become a lawyer.

God’s plans for Martin Luther’s life were much different. Despite graduating with a Master’s degree at age 23 and enrolling in law school, Martin Luther would never be a lawyer.

One day while returning to law school, Luther encountered a terrible thunderstorm. When a lightning bolt struck near him, Luther cried out, “Help St. Anne! I’ll become a monk!” Despite his father’s venomous objections, Luther left law school and entered a monastery determined to live the rest of his life as an Augustinian monk.

Despite spending days on end in fasting and prayer, Martin Luther never felt close to God. No amount of self flagellation or self denial seemed to be enough to atone for his sins. He just became more aware of his sinful condition and his inability to attain righteousness.

Since your majesty and your lordships desire a simple reply, I will answer without horns or teeth. Unless I am convinced by Scripture and by plain reason (I do not believe in the authority of either popes or councils by themselves, for it is plain that they have often erred and contradicted each other) in those Scriptures that I have presented, for my conscience is captive to the Word of God, I cannot and I will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand; I can do no other. God help me. Amen.

Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.

Every man must do two things alone; he must do his own believing and his own dying.

For where God built a church, there the Devil would also build a chapel.
Let the wife make the husband glad to come home, and let him make her sorry to see him leave.

Music is the art of the prophets and the gift of God.

Peace if possible. Truth at all costs.

The fewer the words, the better the prayer.

There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion, or company than a good marriage.

We are saved by faith alone, but the faith that saves is never alone.

‎What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and work flow.

You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say.

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