by Steve Wagers

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Series: A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
Steve Wagers
Psalm 46: 1


As you trace back the roots of our Christian history, you would find that there is no one to whom we owe our history anymore than to a man by the name of Martin Luther. Luther, a natural born German, and the son of a renown lawyer, devoted himself, from an early age, to a thorough study of the scriptures. He, then, graduated college, went to an Augustinian monastery; and, in 1507, was ordained a priest.

On a mission to Rome, in 1510, Luther was appalled by the corruption of the papacy. He became a professor of theology, and began to preach the salvation by faith rather than works. Thus, on October 31, 1517, noted as probably the most important date in Protestant history, Luther posted his 95 thesis on the doors of the Cathedral of Wittenberg, Germany, condemning the teaching and practices of the Roman church. In a day when everyone practically bowed to the Roman church, and it's rule, Luther refused to, and as a result, faced such opposition as was never before seen. However, it was this event by which the Protestant Reformation was formally born. 1

The Protestant Reformation rested upon 3 principles:
*the re-establishment of the scriptures
*the clarifying of the means of salvation
*the restoration of congregational singing 2

Luther was excommunicated, and was summoned to appear before the Diet of Worms in 1521, in which he was to retract his teachings. Luther refused, and, needless to say, he faced the fight of his life. Birthed from the unrest, turmoil, and persecution that he faced, was a hymn that has stood, for centuries, as the believer's battle cry. The exact date of it's writing is unknown, however, it is thought to have been written for the Diet of Spires in 1529, when the term "Protestant" was first used. 3 Luther had written this hymn based upon his favorite Psalm, Psalm 46; and, it ...

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