Martin Luther is firmly committed to the historic, Christian faith and the key principles that:
- The Bible is entirely the true Word of God and is the only reliable source for our religious beliefs.
- All people are sinful and can do nothing to save themselves. We are saved only because of God’s undeserved love for us and through faith in Jesus Christ, who lived a holy life in our place and died to pay the penalty for all our sins.
- Our good works are a necessary fruit and evidence of saving faith in Jesus. They are not in any way a payment for our salvation. They are a “thank you” to God for already saving us.