Freedom

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While we were getting ready to go trick or treating there is an amazing event that happened. Five hundred years ago on October 31, 1517 Martin Luther posted 95 theses on the doors of Wittenberg University. Cited as The Ninety-Five Theses or Disputation on the Power of Indulgences are a list of propositions for an academic disputation written in 1517 by Martin Luther, professor of moral theology at the University of Wittenberg, Germany, that started the Reformation, a schism in the Catholic Church which profoundly changed Europe. The intended debate among scholars never happened; instead, it was the beginning pf the Protestant Reformation. The issue revolved around the idea of indulgences, the practice of purchasing "passes" to get to heaven or reducing your time in purgatory. The principles of grace were at the core of this debate, and Luther, rested on the texts in Romans to defend these five ideas known as the five Solas.

 

Solo Fide - to be made right with God by Faith alone.

 

Sola Scriptura - Scripture alone is God's authoritative word.

 

Sola Gratia - By Grace alone can mankind be saved.

 

Solas Christus - Salvation can come through Christ alone.

 

Soli Deo Gloria - We give glory to God alone.

 

Imagine the bravery it took to post these ideas for all to see knowing you were going against a worldwide system that not only your lively hood depended on but your life as well. One frumpy monk stood against the system to bring freedom to the commoners of the day. He changed the face of Christianity by simply following the convictions he found in scripture. He's a hero to me! I think of the courage it took to live against the current of his day and model the life of Jesus. The conviction to face death threats, intellectual opposition, mocking, and be stripped of credentials and continue to write teach and love people. Hopefully this little reminder will inspire you too we have a lot to live for.