Reformation Day — October 31, 2014

Today, October 31st, is in the liturgical calendar what is called Reformation Day. It was on this  day in 1517 when Martin Luther, a Augustinian monk, nailed his 95 theses to the church door in Wittenburg, Germany. This was the beginning of the Protestant Reformation out of which came important doctrine such as justification by faith alone, Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone), Sola Fide (Faith Alone) and so on. It is on such truths that the  church today must “hang its hat” and not pay attention to  the “slappy happy” teachings found in so many churches today.

Remember that Jesus taught us to live by faith and that that faith will carry us through any circumstance that we may find ourselves in; be it trial or tribulation or through times of prosperity. Remember that our Lord promised that He would never leave us or forsake us; and He would always be with us, even if  “we are unfaithful, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.” (2 Timothy 2:13)

So the next time that you find yourself foundering in your faith, remember that your hope can be found in Christ Alone — another teaching that came out of the Reformation — and let yourself be embraced by His love for you.

Remember as well the courage and faith of men and women like Martin Luther who risked their lives for the courage of their convictions. If it were not for such people, I don’t think that we would have the freedom to worship the way we have today. Have a happy Reformation Day!

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About faithfullyhis

My name is Charles Quail and I am a retired Baptist pastor who lives in Dunnville,a small town southeast of Hamilton, Ontario. I also write a weekly column for our local newspaper, The Sachem. It is a column that I have been writing for about eight years. I am married and have two grown daughters. My best buddy was my dog Max, who is now chasing bunny rabbits in sky. I miss him terribly. My reason for wanting to write a blog is friends have told me that this is the next logical step in my writing career. My hope and prayer is that many will be both challenged and blessed by what I write.
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