He refused his pay prior to a battle and announced he would not join in the combat.He became the first recognized conscientious objector in recorded history.Martin's parents were pagans, but at the age of 10, Martin chose to respond to the call of the Gospel and become a Christian.At the age of fifteen, Martin was required to follow his father into the cavalry corps of the Roman military.As a young soldier, Martin encountered a beggar in Amiens. Martin removed his cloak and with his sword, he cut it in half.
Scholars think he served as part of the emperor's guard.
Another account tells of Martin confronting the Devil.
While on this journey, Martin had a vision which compelled him to return to his mother in Pannonia.
After bringing his mother to the Church, Martin then turned to confronting a growing heresy which was afflicting the faithful and sowing confusion.
He became involved in countering the Arian heresy, which denied the divinity of Jesus Christ.