In this 500th Reformation celebration year of Martin Luther's posting of his 95 theses on the door at Wittenberg in Germany, Oct 31, 1517, it seems appropriate to republish some of the classic books about Dr. Martin Luther's life, ministry, and ideas. He was a passionate, highly educated man that believed without question that all the words found in the Bible, both Old and New Testament, were the very Words of God, needed for people everywhere. Luther insisted his fellow church leaders, preachers, and members teach, preach, and live according to the doctrines and truths found in the books of the Bible, and from the Bible alone. The church was but a mere vessel for God's Word to be shared, understood, taught, and applied to daily living.
The Reformation and the Protestant Movement that Dr. Martin Luther initiated, stood up for, and defended in the 1500s was such a time. The key point was man's words, be they from councils, philosophers, popes, or kings, must always be subservient to God's Word of the Truths found in the Bible.
Dr. Martin Luther was a simple man, a devout Catholic monk and priest, a passionate scholarly Bible teacher who challenged the teachings of Medieval Catholic church based on the Bible teaching of "salvation by God's grace alone": only God can forgive sins, and he gives this freely to people through grace without need of holy works or coins. This free gift of God is given to those who turn their lives over to Him and believe in His power to save: an act not of works, but of the heart freely given to all mankind, no matter rank, status, gender, race, or culture. In this freedom mankind was invited to expand their knowledge of all things in God's created world including embracing science, medicine, philosophy, and religion. Dr Martin Luther changed the world, not by sword, power, or might, but by God's true Word in the Bible. Dr. Martin Luther was truly a man after God's own heart.