Monday, October 31, 2011

Luther's 95 Theses Posted October 31, 1517

A replica of the 95 Theses in Schlosskirche, Wittenberg
According to the traditional account, Martin Luther posted his Ninety-Five Theses on the door of the castle church in Wittenberg, Germany—an event now seen as the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. Written in response to the selling of indulgences to pay for the rebuilding of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, the theses represented an implicit criticism of papal policy and aroused much controversy. (copied from "This Day in History")

The 95 Theses
Much was going on during this period of history in respect to Christiandom.  Controversary within and without the established church, the Roman Catholic Church.  Dissension over authority of the Pope.  Controversary and unrest over the practice of indulgences being sold as penance for one's sins.  Interpretation and availability of the written Bible to the peoples was forbidden and much desired by those of the non-laiety.

But of even more importance that any of these very important issues was the fact that Martin Luther began to espouse and preach justification by faith.  Not by indulgences.  Not by confession to a priest.  Not by anything other than faith in the saving grace of Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of man could a person be justified in the sight of God and have forgiveness for his or her sins.

"Now that no one is justified by the Law before God is evident; for, "THE RIGHTEOUS MAN SHALL LIVE BY FAITH." Galatians 3:11-   "Now the just shall live by faith..." Hebrews 10:38

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