Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Reformation Day

Happy Reformation Day!

Today is the 490th anniversary of the day Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the Castle Church doors. A small deed that sparked the great Reformation. This is the day that we should be celebrating doctrines and deliverance not devils and demons, solas (sola-fide, sola-gratia, sola-Christus, sola-Deo gloria, sola-Scriptura) and salvation not spiders and spooks, TULIP and truth not tricks and treats, Calvinism and creeds not costumes and coffins. Martin Luther gave his famous speech at the Diet of Worms (a place not a weight-loss plan): "Unless I am convinced by proofs from Scriptures or by plain and clear reasons and arguments, I can and will not retract, for it is neither safe nor wise to do anything against conscience. Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me. Amen." All the doctrines that brought on the Reformation need to be preached and proclaimed, once again, to the the modern church. Today we need to remember and rejoice for men like like Martin Luther, John Calvin, Jan Huss, Ulrich Zwingly and John Wycliffe.

Luther wrote, "God has surely promised His grace to the humbled, that is, to those who mourn over and despair of themselves. But a man cannot be thoroughly humbled till he realizes that his salvation is utterly beyond his own powers, counsels, efforts, will and works, and depends, absolutely on the will, counsel, pleasure and works of Another - God alone. As long as he is persuaded that he can make even the smallest contribution to his salvation, he remains self-confident and does not utterly despair of himself, and so is not humbled before God."


Destiny Jane said...

Outstanding post! Happy Reformation Day, not Halloween day... I probably shouldn't have even capitalized halloween.

Dottie, Grandma Dot or Mom said...

Happy Reformation to you too. Thanks Kenny for putting on what Reformation Day is. I told the students that they should have done something on it. Thanks for all of your hard work and dedication. It was good to see you and Kaila today and I can't wait to see the rest of the family. I bet you are glad Liisa got home tonight with the rest of the children. Have a great evening.
Love, Mom