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In 1521 he was summoned again this time by Charles V the Holy Roman Emperor Luther went to the meeting known as a Diet in Worms Germany In his defense he said Unless I am convinced by Scriptures and plain reason - I do not accept the authority of Popes and councils for they have contradicted each other My conscience is captive to the word of God I can not and I will not recant anything for to go against my conscience is neither right nor safe Here I stand I can do no other God help me Amen Because of his words and beliefs Luther was declared an outlaw Charles V bound by his knightly code of honor granted Luther forty days of peace to get home but Luther never made it there He disappeared Rumors surfaced throughout Germany that he had been assassinated Soon after his disappearance however Luthers friends began to receive letters from him These letters stated that he was alive and was hiding in the castle of Frederick of Saxony While he was hiding Luther wrote many sermons He also translated the New and later Old Testaments into German making it possible for more people to read the Bible He also wrote many hymnsincluding A Mighty Fortress Is Our God Though Luthers church The Lutheran Church was organized much like the Catholic Church his ideas and religious convictions were new The Lutheran Church was open for all for Luther believed that all men were predestined for heaven or hell and and that it was impossible for man to know who would go where The traditional structure of this new church resembled the Catholic one There were still bishops and clergy and the traditional Catholic Mass was still included in the servicesLutheran pastors still administered the sacraments but their principle job was to preach One of the most widespread of Luthers reforms was his translation of
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