Happy Reformation Day – Martin Luther Posts His 95 Theses in Wittenberg

Martin Luther launched "The Reformation" and penned A Mighty Fortress is Our God

Martin Luther launched “The Reformation” and penned A Mighty Fortress is Our God

On 31 October 1517 Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-five Theses on the door of Wittenberg’s Castle Church.  It started a revolution in the Catholic Church, and launched the period in history called “The Reformation.”

During the years following Luther’s Ninety-five Theses, he was excommunicated from the Roman church, lived with continual threats to his life and freedom, and had times of intense spiritual battles.  King David also spent many years running for his life from King Saul after he was anointed by the prophet Samuel to be King.  During these times, both Luther and David learned how to trust in, rely on, and hear from God

Martin Luther penned many hymns so the people could sing and understand their God. One of his most famous hymns has been translated into English and survived the centuries:  A Mighty Fortress is Our God.  The words continue to inspire us today.

 

A MIGHTY FORTRESS IS OUR GOD

A mighty fortress is our God,

A bulwark never failing;

Our helper He amid the flood

Of mortal ills prevailing.

For still our ancient foe

Doth seek to work us woe—

His craft and pow’r are great,

And, armed with cruel hate,

On earth is not his equal.

 

Did we in our own strength confide,

Our striving would be losing,

Were not the right man on our side,

The man of God’s own choosing.

Dost ask who that may be?

Christ Jesus, it is He—

Lord Sabaoth His name,

From age to age the same,

And He must win the battle.

 

And though this world, with devils filled,

Should threaten to undo us,

We will not fear, for God hath willed

His truth to triumph through us.

The prince of darkness grim,

We tremble not for him—

His rage we can endure,

For lo! His doom is sure:

One little word shall fell him.

 

That word above all earthly pow’res,

No thanks to them, abideth:

The Spirit and the gifts are ours

Through Him who with us sideth.

Let goods and kindred go,

This mortal life also—

The body they may kill;

God’s truth abideth still:

His kingdom is forever.


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