Learning from the reformation 500 years later will be my theme this Sunday, (October 29, 2017) from the pulpit of Millersville Bible Church.
On October 31, 1517, (All Hallow’s Eve), in the town of Wittenberg, Germany, an Augustinian Monk named Martin Luther posted a document of 95 theses on the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church igniting what we now call the Protestant Reformation.
This bold act would radically change the world and give birth to some of the most basic ideals of Western civilization – commitments to the liberty and equality of each person. Most of the freedoms we value trace back to the Protestant Reformation
The spiritual foundation of the Protestant reformation was a belief that the Bible should be the sole source of spiritual authority, not Church tradition. Luther came to believe that the salvation of each person was based on God’s grace alone and through faith alone, not by good works, nor by Church authority. He also challenged Papal infallibility and believed in the priesthood of individual believers.
Luther said, “We believe that the very beginning and end of salvation, and the sum of Christianity, consists of faith in Christ, who by His blood alone, and not by any works of ours, has put away sin, and destroyed the power of death.”
Although Martin Luther (1483-1546) hoped to cause reformation within the Roman Catholic Church, he was fiercely opposed by Church authorities, and finally excommunicated from the Church in 1517.
Martin Luther’s courage to speak truth to the highest seats of power made him a hero to the common people. He also gave a gift to the people when he translated the Bible into German, making it accessible to them.
More to come,