This year we join the reformed family of churches throughout the world in celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, which began October 31, 1517, when Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the bulletin board on the door of the Castle church in Wittenberg, Germany. This was the beginning of the church’s return to the Bible as the supreme authority and its gospel of salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.
“The Reformation of the sixteenth century is, next to the introduction of Christianity, the greatest event in history” (Philip Schaff, History of the Christian Church). “Most of the economic, political and personal freedom and prosperity that people enjoy today is rooted in the Reformation. Before it, people were enslaved to an all-powerful Church with a false teaching about salvation, and were at the mercy of government that ruled mostly according to the laws of men than of God. The basic biblical principles were: 1) The primary authority of God’s word in the Bible, 2) Justification of sinners only through faith in Christ, and 3) The priesthood of all believers no matter what their office or occupation in this world” (Rev. Robert Grossmann, The Protestant Reformation and World History).
For a weekly summary of the Reformation go to http://reformation500years.blogspot.com/