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Why was Martin Luther frustrated with the Catholic Church? 

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Martin Luther demonstrated his strong religious convictions early in life. He rejected his father’s wish for him to study law, and instead, he joined Augustinian hermits as a monk and studied theology. In his studies, Martin started to doubt some Roman Catholic teachings and practices. His main focus was on the church’s leadership, and practices carried out by their authority.

Luther was strongly opposed to the sale of “indulgences”. Members of the Catholic Church were expected to pay the church for penance that covered certain types of sins. The pressure on the part of the believers to subscribe to such payments was the belief that unconfessed sins increased the time for one’s stay in purgatory. Hence, delaying their journey to heaven or increasing their chances of ending up in hell.

Luther also felt strongly about the idea that salvation was earned through good works. The theologian suggested that salvation was only achieved through God’s grace and belief in Jesus Christ. Thus, an individual could not in any way bribe his/her way to salvation.

Martin Luther refused to denounce his ideologies during the Diet of Worms and was subsequently excommunicated from the Catholic Church for heresy.

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