IN OUR RAPIDLY CHANGING CULTURE, SOMETING THAT HAPPENED FIVE MINUTES AGO CAN OFTEN BE FORGOTTEN. BUT THIS YEAR, WE CELEBRATE AN EVENT FROM 500 YEARS AGO THAT STILL REVERBERATES.
In 1517 a German theology professor named Martin Luther challenged the Roman Catholic Church by publishing his 95 Theses and, as leged has it, nailing them to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg.
Luther's theses were a clarion call for the Catholic Church to reform. In short, Luther saw the church drifting away from biblical truths about the authority of Scripture and the grace found in Christ alone through faith alone. The church's view of salvation had become certered on man's efforts rather than on God's grace.
Luther and the Reformers fought for everyday Christians, not just scholars or seminarians. The Majestic Heart of Christian Faith and Life, the church in Luther's day didn't deny the importance of Scripture, grace, faith, and Christ in salvation.
Once we understand that "alone" (the five Sola's) really means we can stand before God with nothing to offer but humble worship for who He is and what He has done. The Reformation still echoes today, if we are willing to listen.
When it comes to salvation: Christ alone. And despite their importance according to Hebrews 13:17, even when it comes to church leaders: Christ alone. There is no Christianity without Christ, Sometimes, when we're caught up in ourselves or even our churches and ministries, we forget we don't own Christianity. We're on Christ's mission; He's not on ours.
There is no grace without Christ. There is no faith without Christ. Frankly, there is no Scripture without Christ, for Scripture is about Him (John 5:39).
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