How Lutherans Got Started
Lutherans take their name from Martin Luther. He was a German priest who broke away from the Roman Catholic Church in the early 1500's. Luther's writing and teaching sparked the Protestant Reformation. Through his study of the Bible, Luther helped the Christian Church rediscover the truth that God is loving and that He offers forgiveness and eternal life as a free gift because of Jesus Christ.
Luther taught that people - no matter how hard they try - cannot earn God's forgiveness or a place in heaven. It is a gift that people receive through faith in Jesus Christ.