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Happy Reformation Day!

October 31, 2016 1 Comment

October 31st, is not just about Halloween. On this day in 1517, the Augustinian Monk, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the church in Wittenberg, Germany.  Luther was not trying to make a bold rebellious act. Nailing documents to the church door was a common way to start debate. However, someone saw Luther’s post; took it down and turned the 95 Thesis into a pamphlet where it then found wide distribution. The door for reformation was flung wide open.

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Long before Luther, others had called for reformation against the abuses of the Catholic Church and many would come after Luther to complete the task. However, it was Luther who was the tipping point.  Today we take moment to remember the bold sacrifice of Martin Luther and his call for a high Biblical standard. He reminded the church that we are saved by grace alone and the shed blood of Christ is sufficient to forgive us of all our sins. Luther also put forth the priesthood of all believers. All who find faith in Jesus have direct access, without going through a priest, to God our Father.

Sadly the reformation required a pulling away from the Catholic Church. There were many issues with the Church at that time but there were a lot of faithful men and women prior to (and after) 1517.

I know there is a wide theological gap between the Protestant and Catholic Church but let’s be careful before we discredit the whole. The reformation was needed and may it be reminder to us today that was must always be vigilant to remember our lives are not our own but they have been bought and paid for by the blood of Jesus Christ. So everyday we are to live all in for God’s glory.

More resources on Martin Luther and the Reformation:

From Ligonier Ministries

From the History Channel

Click here to read the 95 Theses

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I am enthusiastic about helping others discover their purpose and grow into a deeper relationship with Jesus. It is great to see their eyes light up at their “Ah Ha!” moment when they discover they were created for something more. My hope is that this blog will help encourage and inspire you along your way. Join the conversation and take the time to share with me your own story. I have been married to my beautiful wife Janice for over 25 years. We currently live in Stockbridge Georgia with two of our children Matt and Victoria. Our oldest Chris has left the nest. Of course we cannot forget about our dog Taffy.