Luther's 95 Theses
Posted on Wittenberg Castle Church, 31 October 1517
The Catholic Church Needs to Change.
Also, the Church needs to stop being so political. The Church is supposed to be our religious leaders. Priests and bishops need to take their role more seriously. They need to do their job and look like who they are supposed to be.
The Church also should stop threatening excommunication over everyone and putting innocents on trial where they are tortured or killed. Nowhere in the Bible does it say to do this.
We are to love Christ, and follow his teachings. The Church has turned what he has taught us into something horrible. This needs to stop.
We can form our own branches of Christianity as well. I have formed Lutheranism, John Calvin has formed Calvinism, and the King of England has created the Anglican Church! We do not have to be Catholic but can still be Christian.
I understand the Church may excommunicate or kill me over this. But as I said at the Diet of Worms, "Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me. Amen." I am better known for not taking back my works before the Church officials when I said "I cannot recant."
Others have started
German-Augustinian monk, started the Reformation, formed Lutheranism
Formed Calvinism to take religious/political power in Switzerland, started theocracy there
King Henry VIII of England
Wanted a divorce from wife, formed Anglican Church