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Reformation Day

10.18.17 | News | by Dr. Timothy Dernlan

Reformation Day

    This month is the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther hanging his 95 theses on the church door in Wittenberg, Germany. In those days, the church was the center of town life, and the front door of the church was a common place to post announcements. Read More...

    On October 31, 1517, a young monk named Martin Luther publicly posted a list of disagreements he had with the church doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church. At that time, Luther was serving as a priest and wanted to have a theological debate to reshape, or reform, church doctrine and practice to be in line with what he was reading in the Bible.

    After diligently reading his Bible, specifically the book of Romans, he realized that we can do nothing to help ourselves to be saved from our sins. We see in the Bible that salvation is a gift from God, and none of us can be proud that we saved ourselves. Luther wanted to discuss the fundamental ideas of how we are saved from our sins and are able to spend eternity in heaven after we die.

    Unfortunately, the debate that Luther started by nailing his 95 theses to the door of the church started a chain of events that split the church into many different denominations. This splintering of the church eventually lead to the formation of the Lutheran, Presbyterian, Baptist, Methodist, Mennonite, Episcopal, Anglican, Brethren, and many other denominations.

    There are some benefits of many denominations and churches. It is nice that we can all find churches to worship God in a way that we believe that He has
    commanded us to worship in scripture. We have 120 different churches represented in our schools. However, it will be WONDERFUL to worship together in heaven as one unified body of believers!

    The fundamental doctrines that came from the reformation are several phrases in Latin known today as the Five Solas.

    Sola Scriptura means that “Scripture alone" should be our guide and should govern over Church traditions and teachings (II Tim 3:16-17).

    Sola Fide points to “faith alone” that saves us and not church rituals or our own “good” deeds (Eph. 2:8-9).

    Sola Gratia declares that it is by God’s kindness and His “grace alone” that we are adopted into His family and saved from our sins (Rom. 3:23-24).

    Solus Christus is the beautiful truth that it is by the death, burial, and resurrection of “Christ alone” that we are saved (Rom. 8:34).

    Soli Deo Gloria gives “glory to God alone” for our salvation and reminds us that every thing we do should point others to Him and not to ourselves
    (I Cor. 10:31).

    Our schools at the Red Lion Campus will celebrate Reformation Day on Friday, October 27 this year. This celebration will include games, history lessons,
    videos, and Bible lessons. Reformation Day is a fun way to educate the students about the history of the Christian faith and importance of studying the Bible.