Saint Martin made a translation of the Bible from Greek and Hebrew into German. Soon all the countries of Europe followed his example by translating the Scriptures into their languages. For the first time in history, the recently invented printing press made the Word of God available to allthe people.
Saint Martin wrote a book entitled The Babylonian Captivity of the Congregation. The end of the Babylonian Captivity of the Jews in 457 B.C., started the 490 years countdown to the First Coming of the Messiah, and the end of the Babylonian Captivity of the Congregation in 1517 started the countdown to the Second Coming of Christ!
When he was commanded to appear before Emperor Charles V to answer for his writings, Saint Martin gave this fearless reply:
I cannot submit my faith either to the Pope or to the Councils, because it is clear as day that they have frequently erred and contradicted each other. Unless therefore, I am convinced by the testimony of Scripture ... I cannot and will not retract ... Here I stand, I can do no other. So help me God, Amen.