Back around 1510 Martin Luther had various titles, monk, priest, professor, theologian in the Catholic church. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 thesis to the door of All Saints Church in Wittenberg Saxony now Germany. In the position of a Catholic priest he challenged the Catholic authorities to debate 95 contested beliefs and practices.
The main contention in the thesis was the sale of indulgent, remissions of worldly punishment due for sins which have already been forgiven). This practice of indulgences being sold, a penance for sin, represented a financial transaction rather than the purpose portrayed.
Refusing to recant on January 3, 1521 Martin Luther was excommunicated from the Catholic Church by the Pope. Its noted credit has been given him for starting the Reformation movement.
After his excommunication he then started writing about what the church should be like. His writings became the main part of the present day Lutheran church. In 1518 Philip Melanchthon was a Professor at the University of Wittenberg Saxony, there he met Martin Luther and they developed a profound friendship.
Melanchthon was quickly persuaded by Luther to join the movement that had become the Reformation. Luther was a leader of the protestants movement if he could not appear Melanchthon then became an important associate for Luther in negotiations, Luther died on February 18, 1546.
Melanchthon, along with other noteworthy Lutherans followers put together a collection of documents in 1580. It included Luther’s Small Catechism, Large Catechism, and other theological statements, called The Book of Concord. In the years to follow this early collection of Luther’s writings evolved into the Lutherans church.
It must be remembered that Luther did not want a church named after him, but dedicated followers used his name anyhow. Because the Lutheran Church Originated In The Reformation it cannot be a scriptural church, as the New Testament Church had its beginning in A.D. 32.
Become a Member of the New testament Church, (Church of Christ). Follow the teachings of the New Testament for salvation.
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Become acquainted with the New Testament and what it actually sets forth. The article Salvation, under the Category Church of Christ Doctrine, explains how to be baptized into the Church of Christ, becoming a member.
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