Reformation Day

I posted this before but it is important to remember what our God has done!  Be encouraged dear brothers and sisters!

“Today we celebrate the historic beginning of the “Protestant Reformation” which started with Martin Luther in Germany.  Without it we would not have what we know today, that the Word of God is true, our loving Lord gave it to all of us, that righteousness is a gift of God’s grace and the grace of God is available to everyone.  The truth is that we don’t need “works” to be saved we only need Him.

The Unger’s Bible dictionary tells us that “reformation” is a “setting right, a making straight.”  It also “refers to the times of perfecting things, by a change of external forms into vital and spiritual worship referring to the times of the Messiah and the salvation He brought.”

Martin Luther was plagued with doubts about his salvation and how to find peace with God.  As an Augustine monk, he hoped to find what he was searching for by studying God’s Word.  “This study convinced him that the (Catholic) Church had lost sight of several central truths. To Luther, the most important of these was the doctrine that brought him peace with God.” “With joy, Luther now believed and taught that salvation is a gift of God’s grace, received by faith and trust in God’s promise to forgive sins for the sake of Christ’s death on the cross. This, he believed was God’s work from beginning to end.”

On October 31, 1517, Luther posted his “Ninety-Five Theses” on the door of the Church of All Saints, critiquing the Catholic Church’s “sale of indulgences and explaining the fundamentals of justification by grace alone.”  He also sent a copy to the Archbishop Albrecht of Mainz but “in Rome, cardinals saw Luther’s theses as an attack on papal authority.”

“In 1518 at a meeting of the Augustinian Order in Heidelberg, Luther set out his positions with even more precision.” But instead of refuting his arguments with scripture, he was told to “recant his positions by the Papal Legate, Thomas Cardinal Cajetan. Luther stated that he could not recant unless his mistakes were pointed out to him by appeals to scripture.”  Since this was not done. Luther “could not recant,” and his refusal “set in motion his ultimate excommunication, in January 1521.”

In this day and age we are certainly in need of “reforming” our hearts to go back to the basics of Christianity, the simplicity that is in our Lord’s Word, the Bible.  Without it, we won’t be able to really comprehend His love for us, what He wants us to do in this world and His amazing promise of eternal life with Him.

I got this information from the following sites:

http://www.ccel.org/l/luther/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reformation_Day

http://www.greatsite.com/timeline-english-bible-history/martin-luther.html

Martin Luther wrote this wonderful hymn when he was troubled by doubts and insecurities, “A Mighty Fortress is Our God”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Y-_TsRjm5Y

Prayer, Our loving Lord Jesus Christ how wonderful, kind and timely You are.  Thank You for empowering people such as Martin Luther to continue to point us to You.  Help us to really learn Your Word and learn to know You, not just in our minds but also in our hearts.  Humbly we come to You for our daily sustenance and guidance, knowing that “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path…” (Psalm 119:105)  We love You and desire You always, Amen

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