Subject: Sparking the Reformation
From: Christopher W. Thomas (
Date: Wed May 26, 1999 at 11:10PM

Sparking the Reformation

On this very date in fifteen twenty-one
The Diet of Worms tried a man and won
And after having already excommunicated him
Then asking for a recant of his controversial themes

And failing - Martin Luther (and his works) were banned
Causing a major rift with Roman Catholics in many lands
As his teachings were quite widely respected ...
Even though the Diet and Vatican neglected ...

The man they'd supported throughout his studies
After he published his Ninety-Five Theses, snubbing
... The Church ... for requiring payment for absolution
Causing the initiation of Martin Luther's persecution ...

And, although, it is widely thought Luther broke away
Creating the Lutheran Church in existence today ...
This scenario was not exactly the case at all ...
For Martin Luther was absolutely no fool ...

Even though he came into disagreement with Rome
His work, though renounced, always had its home
In a steeped base of highly learned theology
Nurtured by truth, deepened by his ideology

For in Luther's view ... there's no bought absolution
Only God's Grace can provide the sinner's solution
And this cannot be earned in any way at all
For it comes from God's golden rules ...

Never-the-less, as sound as his teaching was ...
He'd never again be allowed to represent the cross
But, in years to follow his time and influence ...
There'd be a major break and a larger confluence

Evolving into four major traditions of Protestantism
... *Evangelical, Calvinist, Anabaptist and Anglican
All of which completely renounced the papacy ...
And stressed individual faith ... Luther's legacy ...

- Tristram

Christopher W. Thomas
9:30pm Wed. May 26th, 1999

The Writings of Martin Luther:

On Christian Liberty (1519)
To the Christian Nobility (1520)
The Babylonian Captivity of the Church (1520)
On the Bondage of the Will (1525)
Small Catechism (1529)

* The Lutheran Church is the name used
here in the USA and, also - in Great Britain.
Elsewhere in Europe - it's called the Evangelical Church.

Martin Luther would NOT have sanctioned
a branch of Protestantism honoring his name.