Oct 31, 1517

The day Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the church door at Wittenburg.

I get so excited about “Reformation Day” as it is called, that I forget that another holiday shares a date on the calendar. It seems so ironic to me that so many Christians stumble all over themselves trying to find a “Halloween alternative,” when we already have one that’s origin is so pivitol to our faith. Every year I attempt to learn a little more about those men (and no doubt women) who took a stand for a word of God. Men like Martin Luther, John Calvin, Ulrich Zwingli, John Knox, and so many more who truly believed God’s word and were willing to die for the Truth that was revealed to them. We owe much to their willingness to be vessels for God’s cause (no matter that they were indeed imperfect vessels, as are we).  We should remember their work fondly and fervently. 

Ignorance brought about mostly  by the Church’s lack of interest in her own history has reduced many Christian’s response to discourse about Martin Luther, to “oh, don’t you mean Martin Luther King?” or more commonly “I’m not a Calvinist or Lutheran so what does this have to do with me?”  If you can read your Bible in your own language, if you do not attend a state mandated Catholic Church, if you are free to discuss the Truth of God’s Word without fear of persecution, and if you have been taught that faith in Christ is a gift of God not a work of men, then it has to do with you.

I encourage all my sisters and brothers in Christ to delve into exactly what the Reformation has meant to the Church today. If you have no idea where to start, rent the movie Luther and watch it. Go to www.mongergism.com and peruse the Church History section. Go to www. MountZion.org and download  their Church Hisory lessons (so good!) or delve into the writings of the Reformers.  There is much blessing and application for the Church today.

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