Good Morning October 31

Today is the 499 anniversary of the Reformation, The day when a German monk, Martin Luther, posted his 95 theses on the door of the castle church in Wittenberg, Germany. This was the local community bulletin board, and Luther posted these statements to stir scholarly discussion about some of the practices he felt were wrong within the church of his day. He never intended to reject the church, or above all start a new church. He sought only to correct practices he felt were contrary to Holy Scripture. In the following years, I will say unfortunately, came the proliferation of separate Christian denominations we see today. Even so, two main treasures were restored to the Church. First, was the truth that we have our salvation by the pure grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 2:8-9) And the second, was the importance of the Bible, the Holy Scriptures, being in the hands of every laymen in their own language. God’s word is our food for life. These are truths God restored to all of His people through this obscure German monk. Luther was important, but we rejoice and give praise to God for His marvelous grace.