Tuesday, 2 November 2021

Reformation Day - making a statement

Reformation Day marks the moment that Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the church in Wittenburg. This was the 31st October 1517 and the date was not as random as we may believe. 

The church was about to put on display a number of relics the following day (1st November - All Saints Day) and this had begun to concern Luther. His well timed action was done to stir debate and to put his mark in the sand. Luther was saddened at how the church had begun to put more emphasis on 'objects' and 'relics' instead of the person of Jesus Christ. Luther felt the church needed more than a wake up call - it needed REFORMATION!

As we remember significant dates in the history of our faith we should always be asking the question: What needs to be reformed in our lives and in that life of the Church?

Here are a few of Luther's lesser known quotes to mark this occasion.

"God does not need your good works, but your neighbour does."

I have no use for cranks who despise music, because it is a gift of God. Music drives away the Devil and makes people joyful; they forget thereby all wrath, unchastity, arrogance, and the like. Next after theology, I give to music the highest place and the greatest honour."

“The Church’s true treasure is the gospel of Jesus Christ."

Living in Grace


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