Halloween, one of the most widely celebrated occasions on the calendar in America takes place on October 31. However, many people across the globe recognize the last day in October as Reformation Day. On the Eve of All Saints Day, October 31, 1517, Martin Luther, Augustinian monk and professor of Scripture at the University of Wittenberg, posted an invitation to debate containing 95 points or theses related to the sale of indulgences on the door of the Wittenberg Cathedral.
With that defiant act, Luther ignited the Protestant Reformation, cited by Elmer Towns and Douglas Palmer, authors of The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, as the most significant religious event of the church from Pentecost to the present day.”
Luther strategically chose the date for posting his theses because he knew that the coming holyday would bring many people to services, ensuring that his statements would receive wider exposure.
According to the Christian Post, Justin Holcomb, executive director of the Resurgence, commented, "Luther certainly did not intend his Ninety-Five Theses to be a call to reformation, for he did not want to cause a rift in the church...Yet, the content of the theses that Luther posted were rather controversial,"
Holcomb adds, "And because of the newfound technologies of the printing press and the cultural situation of the early 1500s, Luther's ideas were carried throughout Germany and gave way to the German stream of the Reformation."
Luther and other reformers who preceded him, such as John Wycliffe, John Hus, and William Tyndale, were not only concerned with what the Scriptures taught, but they also wanted the common people to have access to read the Bible in their own language. The conditions were perfect, as the truths declared by Luther set most of Europe ablaze with the biblical doctrines of grace and the ultimate recognition that "the just shall live by faith.” This principle of justification by faith became premise undergirding the posting of the ninety-five theses, an event that forever changed the world.
The accompanying slide show displays eight individual listed on the Chart of Protestant Reformers.
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