Monday, October 31, 2016

'Sola Scriptura'...

Next Monday, October 31, is the four hundred and ninety-ninth anniversary of the day Martin Luther posted his ninety-five theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. The door served as a university notice board.

Papal indulgences, designed to raise money for the renovation of St Peter’s Basilica, Rome, offered a pay-plan for the ‘satisfaction’ element in the church’s teaching on salvation. Grounding his theses on the unique and supreme authority of the Scriptures for our knowledge of God and salvation, Luther questioned the pope’s authority and the abuses in the sale of indulgences.

Today and over the next four Wednesdays I plan to touch on key elements of what is known as the five ‘solas’ or ‘alones’ of the Reformation: ‘Scripture alone’, ‘faith alone’, ‘grace alone’, ‘Christ alone’, ‘to the glory of God alone’.Read More

Related articles:
What Is Reformation Day?
Why Do We Celebrate the Protestant Reformation?
Is the Reformation still necessary?
Reformation Day Reflections for Today's Church
Martin Luther: All for the Gospel
Looking at Wittenberg in the Time of Martin Luther

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