REMEMBERING THE REFORMATION
Every year in America, our country (sadly) celebrates Halloween on October 31st, as children dress up like witches, monsters and ghouls, to go about getting candy with the familiar phrase, "Trick or treat." But in parts of Europe this very day is better known as Reformation Day. It was this day on October 31st of the year 1517 that Dr. Martin Luther nailed his 95 Thesis to the church door in Wittenberg, Germany proclaiming his objections to the Pope's usage and sale of indulgences for the sins of men. The debates that followed this single event mark what many consider to be the beginning of the Great Reformation that swept across Europe, a movement that forever changed the world. The Bible began to be published in unprecedented numbers in languages that all people could understand, and the everlasting Gospel was proclaimed fearlessly bringing countless souls to salvation. It was the Reformation that ushered in the many God-given blessings that have come to define the modern world.
In commemoration of this day, we present the following article by Robert Rothwell.
What is Reformation Day All About?
by Robert Rothwell & Ligonier Ministries
Tomorrow, much of the culture will be focused on candy and things that go bump in the night. Protestants, however, have something far more significant to celebrate on October 31. Tomorrow is Reformation day, which commemorates what was perhaps the greatest move of God’s Spirit since the days of the Apostles. But what is the significance of Reformation Day, and how should we consider the events it commemorates?
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