About The Reformation

Why are we Celebrating the Reformation?

In 2017, every Christian should celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. October 31, 1517 saw one of the most momentous events in history. On that day, Martin Luther, an obscure monk in the small German town of Wittenberg, quietly nailed 95 arguments (theses) against the sale of indulgences to the church door, the town notice board of the day. While only a handful of people noticed, this was the spark that ignited the Reformation.

Luther's document was printed and spread widely, a blow that reverberated throughout Germany, and then all Europe, and it still impacts modern society. Historians recognise the great changes that resulted religiously, politically, socially, scientifically, morally and educationally. Believers recognise that these changes resulted from the spiritual light that shone, as Luther and successive Reformers sought to return to the sufficiency and supremacy of Scripture and the preaching of Christ and the efficacy of His atoning work.

In Scripture, God commanded the Israelites to mark important anniversaries. In the book of Deuteronomy, Moses commanded those of the younger generation repeatedly to "remember" their deliverance from the bondage of Egypt. They were to hold special anniversary services. Why? Because they needed to know who they were, and where they came from, in order to march confidently into the future. Jews still commemorate that deliverance. Failure to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation would be to forget how our spiritual liberties were obtained, robbing God of the glory and praise due to His Name.

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