On this day in 1517, Martin Luther nailed his ninety-five theses on the castle church door in Wittenburg, Germany. This event basically launched what we now know of as the Protestant Reformation. Sola fide. Sola gratia. Solus Christus. Sola Scriptura. Soli Deo gloria. These are the things I celebrate this day/week, and every final week of October as most of the country dons costumes, eats lots of candy, and celebrates goodness-knows-what*. What I celebrate and give thanks to God for is that we have the Bible in our vernacular and Lord’s day service in our common tongue; that the glorious and precious truth that we are justified by grace alone through faith alone on the basis of Christ alone to the glory of God alone was recovered. There are a whole host of other church and societal reforms that resulted from what God did through the Reformation initiated/catalyzed by what happened 496 years ago; but those are the most precious to me.
For background on what Luther did on this day 496 years ago, see this article from Desiring God – Trick or Treat? It’s Martin Luther.
Also, see this illustration from Adam Ford. I really like his work – at times humorous & satirical, other times gut-wrenchingly convicting, other times informative, and sometimes a combination.
Happy Reformation Day! Celebrate the gospel today.
*I’m not condemning wearing costumes and eating/distributing candy. While there are undeniably sinful aspects of how unbelievers celebrate Halloween (occultist elements, drunken debauchery, ungodly costumes, etc.), I recognize that there are aspects of celebrating Halloween that are not inherently sinful and know godly people that participate in those aspects.