Rekindling The Reformation
October 31, 1517 was the date. The place was Wittenberg Castle church, Wittenberg, Germany. His name was Martin Luther. Committed to the idea that salvation could be reached through faith and by divine grace only, Luther vigorously objected to the corrupt practice of selling indulgences by the Roman church. Consequently, he defiantly nailed a copy of his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle church.
The 95 Theses which became the foundation of the Protestant Reformation, was quite provocative, confronting the un-Biblical teachings of the church to which he had dedicated his life, sincerely believing that it was God’s church on earth. But, having found the truth and light of God’s word, Luther declared, “We are of the conviction that the papacy is the seat of the true and real Antichrist…personally I declare that I owe the pope no other obedience than that of Antichrist…” (Prophetic Faith of Our Fathers, Vol. 1, pg. 121, Froom). Luther’s theses was the beginning of a movement that led untold millions to protest against the erroneous dogmas, doctrines, and practices of the Roman Catholic Church.
It is approaching 500 years now and some throughout Christendom are celebrating the anniversary of Luther’s Protest, which has affected all of our lives. For there would have been no Protestant denomination had not the God of all creation inspired and empowered the humble, God-fearing monk named Martin Luther. He is one of the most influential figures in Western history. His writings were responsible for fractionalizing the Catholic Church and sparking the Protestant Reformation. His central teachings, that the Bible is the central source of religious authority and that salvation is reached through faith and not deeds, shaped the core of Protestantism.
This one man’s faith in God’s word was displayed by this courageous act that changed the course of human history. Luther, by the direction and divine grace of Creator God, discovered that the church he so very much loved was practicing fraud, deception, and treachery beyond his wildest imaginations. It is now 500 years and not too many are celebrating the man and his work that changed the course of human history.
Ironically, it is the pope of Rome and his church that are most proactive in celebrating Luther and commemorating the Protestant Reformation which he ignited. Their celebration, however, is an overmastering deception. The reality is that they are congratulating themselves on the undeniable success of the Counter-Reformation. This is a movement spearheaded by Francis’ Jesuit Order to undo all that Luther’s protest has accomplished and to return his church to the rulership of the world. No one can deny their success; hence their celebration.
In the document, From Conflict to Communion, which solidifies the return of the Lutheran church to the Church of Rome and forms the basis for Rome’s celebration, this revealing statement is found: “What happened in the past cannot be changed, but what is remembered of the past and how it is remembered can, with the passage of time, indeed change. Remembrance makes the past present. While the past itself is unalterable, the presence of the past in the present is alterable. In view of 2017, the point is not to tell a different history, but to tell that history differently the Reformation” (From Conflict to Communion, (Ch 2, Sec 16) .
On the 500th anniversary of Luther’s formidable Protestant Reformation, the church he founded, the Lutherans, have fully clasped hands with the Papal church, effectively agreeing with the current pope that the Protestant Reformation is over. Many others have, and are following suit. How grieved would Luther and the other Protestant Reformers be could they witness the current rejection of their sacrificial efforts and millions returning to the fold of the Roman church? Quite interestingly, none of the doctrines, dogmas, and practices that led to Luther’s Protestant Reformation have changed. Those policies resulted in the unmerciful slaughter of tens of millions whose only crime was to choose, like Luther, that salvation is only available through Jesus.
It is indeed a great mystery that the followers of Jesus Christ would choose to engage in an activity rooted in sorcery, witchcraft and necromancy rather than reflect upon the event that was the foundation for their civil and religious liberty. Why would they choose carving pumpkins pretending to be ghosts instead of praising the God of all creation for sending Luther and the other reformers, many of whom gave their lives so that we can live?
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