In the year 1505 at the age of 21 his life would take a dramatic turn a turn that would change is entire life. He was on his way to the city of Erfurt when a bolt of lightning struck the ground near him. He cried out to the catholic saint, Saint Anne, “If you help me Saint Anne I will become a monk”. After he got through the storm he kept his word and he joined up with a monastery. Isn’t it just like God to use a crazy situation to draw people unto him? Eugene F.A. Klug writes,
Luther’s decision was abrupt, but the real impetus for it was his yearning for peace with God. Although his life was nor...
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...t any penalties except those imposed by his own authority or that of the canons.” “ Imperfect piety or love on the part of the dying person necessarily brings with it great fear; and the smaller the love the greater the fear.” “They preach only human doctrines who say that as soon as the money clinks into the money chest, the soul flies out of purgatory.” “Those who believe that they can be certain about there salvation because they have indulgence letters will be eternally damned together with their teachers.” As you can see from these few examples Luther didn’t pull any punches. He attacked them on issues of money, power, salvation and other issues. Over all this is probably the main thing that Luther was known and is known for. He had the guts to not only speak about it but to write about it in a society that was mainly following the Catholic tradition to a tee.
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