Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Reformation Day!

On this day in 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses, impeaching the Catholic practice of selling indulgences, to the door of the church in Wittenberg, Germany. This was the spark that led to what we now refer to as the Protestant Reformation.

The Lutheran Church sprang up following the excommunication of Luther and his supporters from the Roman Catholic Church in 1520. Ultimately, the Reformed (Calvinist) and Anabaptist traditions also emerged from this quiet beginning, though some modern Baptists claim the practice of baptism by immersion continued unabated in Anabaptist sects from the times described in the book of Acts, right through to the Reformation and on to today.

At any rate, if you consider yourself saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ our Lord, then it is a good day to thank the Lord for that Grace and remember Martin Luther's life and work to free the truth of the Gospel from the tyranny of ancient Roman Catholic tradition of salvation by works.

Now, isn't that better than dressing up like deamons and other baddies, and knocking on strangers' doors to beg for candy?

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