Today, October 31, 2017, marks the 500th anniversary of The Protestant Reformation. After much prayer and consideration, a monk named Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Catholic church. 95 questions. 95 pondering. 95 things the church was teaching that he didn't understand how they lined up with the truth of the gospel.
He was not looking for a fight. He was looking to understand God. He was brave enough to take off the yoke of religion and replace it with the yoke of Jesus Christ. He was brave enough to stand up for truth. He was brave enough not to suffer these thoughts on his own, but to debate them with others. He was brave enough to start a road to freedom.
Over the next several years his questions spread and other leaders joined him and through their debating scripture came the Five Solas. The bases of the Protestant church of today.
The Five Solas:
- Sola Scriptura (â€œScripture aloneâ€): The Bible is inpired by God and complete.
- Sola Fide (â€œfaith aloneâ€): We are saved through faith alone in Jesus Christ.
- Sola Gratia (â€œgrace aloneâ€): We are saved by the grace of God alone.
- Solus Christus (â€œChrist aloneâ€): Jesus Christ alone is our Lord, Savior, and King.
- Soli Deo Gloria (â€œto the glory of God aloneâ€): We live for the glory of God alone.
I am extremely grateful for a man who was willing to stand for truth. I celebrate today because his stand encourages me to stand. Question everything you hear. Test everything by scripture, test and see that it is good and true and holy. Don't believe something just because it's coming to you from a pulpit. Don't believe something because you've been told. Read for yourself. Hold each other accountable. Speak truth. Seek peace and pursue it. Where do you need to take a stand?
He has told you, O man, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?