Martin Luther and the 95 Theses

by Ify Nwebube, Talon Staff writer

Martin Luther was born on November 10, 1483, in Eisleben, Germany. He was a German monk and a Catholic priest. He also was a professor of theology and seminal figure of a reform movement in the 16th century called the Protestant Reformation. Luther was the writer of the 95 Theses. However, what were the 95 Theses?

The 95 Theses, written by Martin Luther, was a document that told the Church what they were teaching was wrong and how they could have improved on it. It displayed so that it was visual to the public and others. It was copied and spread in hard copies to those who hadn’t heard about. It ended up changing how people thought about the Church, making them rebel against the Church starting the Protestant Reformation. The Church was so furious with what Martin Luther had wrote that he was excommunicated from the Church. Even though Luther was banished from the Church, his faith in God did not stop.

As we learn about God and show it through our faith, we need to teach those the gospel of Christ. This is talked about in two verses: 2 Thessalonians 2:14-15 and 2 Timothy 2:24-26. As we learn about Christ we should also show it through our words as well. We should teach the gospel without being afraid and change the minds of those with kindness so that they go towards God and His path.

Unfortunately, Martin Luther died on February 18, 1546 in his hometown leaving those who admired his words and the changed hearts of people who he brought to Christ. From his life, we should learn to teach the gospel to those even if we are afraid. Teaching the gospel gives us a better chance to know who God is and what we can learn from right and wrong.