German reformer. Martin Luther was converted to Christ from
the priesthood of the Roman Catholic Church by reading the
Epistle of Paul to the Romans. He became professor of theol-
ogy at the University of Wittenburg in 1512, and retained
that position until his death in 1546.
He nailed his famous Theses, in which he denounced
the unscriptural position of the Catholic Church on many
doctrines, to the church door in Wittenburg in 1517. This
brought protracted and endless opposition from Rome.
He was summoned to appear before the German Congress
at Worms in 1521 to answer charges of heresy. Using the wit-
ness stand as a pulpit, Luther made his well-known defense of
the Scriptures, which ended with the immortal statement,
“Here I stand…I cannot do otherwise…God help me!” He was
promptly excommunicated from the Catholic Church.
He firmly established in Europe the three great
truths of the New Testament, which had been buried for centu-
ries under ritual and dead formality. Those truths are (1)
that man is justified by faith alone, (2) that every believer
is a priest with direct access to God through the Lord Jesus
Christ, and (3) that the Bible apart from tradition is the
sole source of faith and authority for the Christian.
ARTIST’S NOTE: The background indicates the eye of the hurri-
cane which is exactly what Luther was to the 16th Century.
The colors are those of a storm–yellow, black, and
variations of purple.