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Happy Reformation Day!

by Josh Stilwell | Published October 31, 2021

“When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said, ‘Repent,’ he willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.”

With these words, Martin Luther launched the Protestant Reformation. The echo of his hammer hitting the door at the Wittenberg’s All Saints’ Church still reverberates throughout the world. What began as a protest of the abuse of indulgences in the Roman Catholic Church led to a rediscovery of the biblical doctrines of justification by faith and the sufficiency of Scripture.

On this day in 1517, Luther posted his 95 Theses onto the church door and, quite by accident, set about one of the greatest shifts in Christian history. Though October 31st is known for another holiday, to me it will always be Reformation Day. It’s a day to remember our past and look to our future.

It’s a time to remind ourselves that the highest standard in the church is God’s Word, not human hierarchy or tradition. It speaks of the importance of upholding the true gospel of Jesus Christ. It tells us that the Church is a fragile institution that always needs to get put back in order. But it also tells us that it’s an institution worth saving. No matter how dark the situation gets, God always has a way of bringing His people back to Himself. 

Take some time today to thank God for what He’s done over the past 500 years. And to pray for His continued mercies in the years ahead.

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