Recognizing Reformation Day

Originally written in Latin by Martin Luther in 1517, the Ninety-Five Theses, which Luther posted on the door of the Cathedral at Wittenburg, are regarded as a primary catalyst for the Protestant Reformation.

Originally written in Latin by Martin Luther in 1517, the Ninety-Five Theses, which Luther posted on the door of the Cathedral at Wittenburg, are regarded as a primary catalyst for the Protestant Reformation.

Instead of focusing on the Verse of the Day for October 31, 2014, I am posting an excerpt from an Examiner.com article written in recognition of Reformation Day and the Third Apostolic Reformation:

Although most Americans readily recognized October 31st as Halloween, many people around the world acknowledge the last day in October as Reformation Day. Many Protestant Churches celebrate “Reformation Sunday” as the last Sunday in October, in light of October 31, 1517 being the actual date when Martin Luther nailed his “95 Theses” to the door of the Wittenberg Church in Germany, igniting the Protestant Reformation.

From the Protestant Reformation emerged five phrases that summarized the movement. Using the word Sola the Latin word for “alone,” these basic theological beliefs stood boldly in opposition to the prevailing teaching of the Roman Catholic Church at the time.

Sola scriptura (“by Scripture alone”) teaches that the Bible is the only inspired and authoritative Word of God, the only source for Christian doctrine, and is accessible to all and that the Bible requires no interpretation outside of itself.

Sola fide (“by faith alone”) teaches that justification, the act of “being declared right by God”, and assumed to mean exactly “salvation”), is received by faith only, without any mixture of or need for good works, though in classical Protestant theology, saving faith is always evidenced by good works.

Sola gratia (“by grace alone”) teaches that salvation comes by God‘s grace or “unmerited favor” only. This means that salvation is an unearned gift from God through faith in Jesus Christ.

Solus Christus or Solo Christo (“Christ alone” or “through Christ alone”) Teaches that Christ is the only mediator between God and man, and that there is salvation through no other.

Soli Deo gloria (“glory to God alone”) Teaches that all glory is to be due to God alone, since salvation is accomplished solely through His will and action — not only the gift of the all-sufficient atonement of Jesus on the cross but also the gift of faith in that atonement, created in the heart of the believer by the Holy Spirit.

With Scripture alone as the sure foundation, the Reformers affirmed that justification is by grace alone, received through faith alone because of Christ alone — for the glory of God alone. Today Christians around the world give thanks to God for Martin Luther’s bold proclamation and the unfolding of God’s design for the Church which occurred 497 years ago and continues to be revealed.

Out of the Reformation, came forth a “new sound”, commonly refer to as “the hymn.” Here is a performance of “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” which has become known as “The Battle Hymn of the Reformation.” Luther composed the song after reading Psalm 46 which became the text for this most popular and best known hymn.

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