Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Happy Reformation Day

Nearly 500 years ago, in 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses for proposed debate to the door of the Castle Church in the German University town of Wittenberg. There were reformers before and after Luther, but the anniversary of the posting is the day chosen for Reformation Day - a day to celebrate the breaking out of Biblical truth that transformed Europe and returned much of Christendom to a Biblical view of salvation.

The Reformation is based on a handful of simple but profound ideas. First, the Bible is the ultimate standard for God's revealed truth, not church tradition or hierarchical authority. Second, we are saved by faith in Jesus, including transforming belief in the propositional truths of who Jesus is and what Jesus did for us. And third, this salvation through faith is by God's grace to us alone, not because of any merit or attribute we posses.

Amidst the darkness of the way the world celebrates October 31, remember the light of the gospel.

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