October 31 is not only Halloween, it’s also Protestant Reformation Day – a pivotal point in Christian History.
It started with Jesus and the Resurrection when he defeated death. Then Pentecost when God gave us the Holy Spirit. The Paul’s missionary journeys to spread the Gospel. Emperor Constantine converted from Paganism to Christianity declaring that Roman Empire was now Christian in 4th century.
Though there are many more pivotal points in Christian History, besides the ones mentioned above, The Protestant Reformation is the most crucial.
On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther, a German monk posted the 95 Thesis on the door of the Catholic church in Wittenberg, Germany. It listed 95 ways that the Roman Catholic of the time, did not follow the Bible.
The Bible, back then was only available in Latin, a language that only Catholic priest read and spoke. He translated the Bible into German so that the public could read it and learn the truth as God declared it rather what the Catholic Popes & church fathers invented.
Some of the “inventions” of the Catholic are:
- Purgatory – doesn’t exist and it’s not in the Bible
- Buying or praying someone into heaven – only belief in Christ Jesus can get you into heaven.
- You cannot be saved by works – people are saved by the Grace of God and Christ Jesus.
The church was selling “indulgences” saying that you can buy your way into heaven. This was a scam to raise money to build St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
Luther, as a monk, was bothered with going to weekly confessions and having to confess his sins to a priest. He felt that if he died before he went to confession, he would go to hell.
He insisted that, since forgiveness was God’s alone to grant, those who claimed that indulgences absolved buyers from all punishments and granted them salvation were in error. Christians, he said, must not slacken in following Christ on account of such false assurances.*
Luther wrote about “justification” in the Smalcald Articles:
The first and chief article is this: Jesus Christ, our God and Lord, died for our sins and was raised again for our justification (Romans 3:24–25). He alone is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world (John 1:29), and God has laid on Him the iniquity of us all (Isaiah 53:6). All have sinned and are justified freely, without their own works and merits, by His grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, in His blood (Romans 3:23–25). This is necessary to believe. This cannot be otherwise acquired or grasped by any work, law or merit. Therefore, it is clear and certain that this faith alone justifies us … Nothing of this article can be yielded or surrendered, even though heaven and earth and everything else falls (Mark 13:31).*
A Historical Graph of Protestantism
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