Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Happy Reformation Day!

On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed to the door of the castle church at Wittenberg his 95 Theses, a disputation on the power and efficacy of indulgences. This turned out to be one of the most significant events of the past 2000 years of history, sparking the Protestant Reformation and a split many Christians from the Roman Catholic Church which continues to this day. I could write on and on about the significance and importance of this event, but suffice it to say that this event was used by the Holy Spirit to bring about the rediscovery and refocus of the truth of justification by faith alone and the reliance upon the Word of God as the ultimate and final authority over the church and the individual believer.

With Luther, Calvin, Whitefield, Spurgeon, Machen, Sproul, and so many others of the Reformed faith, I look to Scripture alone (sola scriptura) and stand with them in affirming that salvation is by grace alone (sola gratia) through faith alone (sola fide) in Christ alone (solo Christos) to the glory of God alone (soli deo gloria).

"Unless I am convicted by Scripture and plain reason...my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me. Amen" - Martin Luther, Diet of Worms


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