This Day in Christian History: May 25 Luther Proclaimed a Heretic
This Day in Christian History
May 25, 1521: Martin Luther Proclaimed a Heretic
Luther's Room at Wartburg Castle
After Martin Luther's bold stand at the Diet of Worms in the previous month, the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V pronounced Martin Luther an outlaw and
heretic for refusing to recant his teachings and his rebellion against the Catholic church. The emperor decreed, "We want him to be apprehended and punished as a notorious heretic." This decree made it legal for anyone to kill Luther without consequence, and also made it dangerous for anyone to give him food or shelter. It was after this decree that Luther went into hiding at Wartburg Castle.