On October 31, 1517, just over 500 years ago
the Protestant Reformation began –
On this Sunday churches celebrate
October 31 isn’t just Halloween, and is not just a coincidence!
The reformer, Martin Luther, a former monk of the Roman Church, posted his
ninety five theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany,
protesting the acts of indulgences, taught by the church that ” all must pay
the full or partial remission of temporal punishment for sins after the sinner
confesses and receives absolution.” That they must pay for loved ones to be
released from purgatory. After Luther’s discovery of this ‘Gospel Message’
human beings do not earn
their salvation by good works, but rather is given by God who freely offers salvation to all
“The Just Shall Live By Faith!’“The reason He posted his theses on October 31 is because the next day
was all Saint’s Day and he knew many well-educated people were going to
come to the services” and hopefully receive his message.
This is dedicated to those who like Luther (and I) struggle with their salvation.