Dear Martin Luther–
The men who help to make up the Body Of Christ were doing something wrong. So you decided to stand up against those men and make them stop. But you went to far and maybe things got out of control and before you knew it you were no longer a Catholic. What would anyone else do if they were fired from their job? They'd get a new job. But there were no other Christian Churches around hiring at that time so instead you decided to go into business for yourself. It was perfect because you were able to name the business after yourself and make your own policies.
After that it wasn’t just about the selling of indulgences. It was…
*]The Bible is the only source of faith; it contains the plenary inspiration of God; its reading is invested with a quasi-sacramental character.
*]Human nature has been totally corrupted by original sin, and man, accordingly, is deprived of free will. Whatever he does, be it good or bad, is not his own work, but God’s.
*]Faith alone can work justification, and man is saved by confidently believing that God will pardon him. This faith not only includes a full pardon of sin, but also an unconditional release from its penalties.
*]The hierarchy and priesthood are not Divinely instituted or necessary, and ceremonial or exterior worship is not essential or useful. Ecclesiastical vestments, pilgrimages, mortifications, monastic vows, prayers for the dead, intercession of saints, avail the soul nothing.
*]All sacraments, with the exception of baptism, Holy Eucharist, and penance, are rejected, but their absence may be supplied by faith.
*]The priesthood is universal; every Christian may assume it. A body of specially trained and ordained men to dispense the mysteries of God is needless and a usurpation.
*]There is no visible Church or one specially established by God whereby men may work out their salvation.
Even though it all went against what the Apostles had handed down to the Church and written in Scripture you knew that the people you were dealing with could never say otherwise because most people were not educated in what the Apostles had handed down and didn’t own a Bible let alone could they read one.
On October 31,** 1517**, Luther posted his 95 theses.
On June 15, 1520, the Pope warned Luther with the papal bull (edict) Exsurge Domine that he risked excommunication unless he recanted 41 sentences drawn from his writings, including the 95 Theses, within 60 days.
Luther, who had sent the Pope a copy of On the Freedom of a Christian in October, **publicly set fire to the bull **and decretals at Wittenberg on December 10, 1520.
As a consequence, Luther was excommunicated by Leo X on January 3, 1521, in the bull Decet Romanum Pontificem.