Reformed Grits

October 31, 2007, 10:45 am
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From Wikipedia:

On this day in 1517, Martin Luther posted a proposal at the doors of a church in Wittenburg, Germany to debate the doctrine and practice of indulgences . This proposal is popularly known as the 95 Theses ,
which he nailed to the Castle Church doors. This was not an act of
defiance or provocation as is sometimes thought. Since the Castle
Church faced Wittenberg’s main thoroughfare, the church door functioned
as a public bulletin board and was therefore the logical place for
posting important notices. Also, the theses were written in Latin, the
language of the church, and not in the vernacular. Nonetheless, the
event created a controversy between Luther and those allied with the
Pope over a variety of doctrines and practices.

Why does this matter, and who cares?  God has used this event in history to spark "reformation" or "change" in the church.  At the point in history that this happened, the church was extremely corrupt– "indulgences", which were basically handed out by the church as permission or forgiveness for sin– could be bought with money, basically blaspheming the atonemental work of Christ on the cross for sin.  This was rampant throughout the church and Luther could never get away from the guilt of his sin– it was constantly upon him no matter what he did, whether penance, beating his body, or other pious things.  In God’s providence, Luther’s eyes were opened when he read that we are only able to live justly through faith– not these tricks of the church that they used as manipulative weapons over the people.   He was freed from his guilt and began vigorous study of the Word to see where else he had been deceived.  Ultimately he posted these 95 Theses or scriptural "intellectual arguments" for all to see, the church first as they were written Latin- the language of the church- but it was quickly translated into German, French, and English as the common person in these medieval times was not versed in Latin.

Luther had been freed and he wanted others to be freed as well.   

"If the Son has set you free, you will be free indeed!"  John 8:36

This revelation motivated people to study scripture for themselves starting a spiritual reformation  that spread across Europe and over the world.

So how will you celebrate this very important day? 


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Happy Reformation day to you!

We will spend it playing games for candy. (as a family) I have Bible bingo and charades planned.

My family is very competitive and with Snickers on the line…I know it will be crazy and fun.

Comment by caroline

Hannah just did a paper on this and we learned so much!

We went to dinner and a dollar movie… it was a great family night! 🙂

Comment by Meg

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