ICYMI this morning.
Martin Luther stood up and refused to sit back down.
I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
500 years ago, on October 30, 1517, an Augustinian monk and theology professor at the University of Wittenberg, Germany, put the finishing sentences of what he would call “meine Propositiones” (“my propositions”).
We know them today as The 95 Theses.
What prompted Martin Luther to write them and then publically post them?
He explained why in a letter to Duke Henry of Brunswick in 1541.
In “1517, a preaching friar by the name of John Tetzel, a loudmouthed fellow, happened to appear on the scene….” (What Luther Says, compiled by Ewald M. Plass, ©1959 Concordia Publishing House, p 1172).
He was selling “indulgences” – which were pieces of paper that people could buy that said they had been granted time off in purgatory…
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