Saturday, November 1, 2008

Did you know....

...that on October 31, 1517, Martin Luther posted his 95 Thesis on the door of the Catholic Church in Wittenberg. It challenged the Catholic church concerning the selling of indulgences (selling forgiveness of sins of the purchaser or the purchaser's loved one). Luther made many points, and one of them was that forgiveness was God's alone to grant and no one could do any works or pay anything to recieve it, as it says in Ephesians 2:8-10. This event sparked the Protestant Reformation. As a result, Reformation Day is celebrated on October 31. So, instead of celebrating Holloween, I choose to celebrate Reformation Day. It isn't an alternative to Holloween. Better yet, it is a true celebration of God's free grace. I thank the Lord that men like Martin Luther had the guts to confront the Catholic Church.

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