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Martin Luther's discovery of the doctrine of justification by faith alone.
I‚Äôm sure many of you are celebrating Halloween today (or yesterday, depending on the discretion of your local municipality), but for many Christians, Oct. 31 marks the 493rd anniversary of Martin Luther ushering in the Protestant Reformation by nailing his 95 Theses to the door of the castle church in Wittenberg, Germany. And this year the anniversary happens to fall on the Lord‚Äôs Day.
German Chancellor Wants Catholics, Protestants to Emphasize Common Beliefs
By Jeff Schapiro | Christian Post Reporter German Chancellor Angela Merkel wants Protestants and Catholics to emphasize what they have in common as the nation prepares for celebrations marking the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation. "Especially in a very secular world, we should always stress what is common in the Christian religion," Merkel, who is the daughter of a Protestant pastor, said Monday, according to Reuters. Merkel made her comments at the Evangelical Church in Germany's (EKD) annual synod near Luebeck, where Protestant leaders are working to make the "Luther Jubilee" in 2017 more ecumenical by involving Catholics as well. But bringing together the two church bodies for an event that marks such a major split in church history could prove difficult even in the seemingly minor details. "I've learned that even the word 'jubilee' used in connection with the Reformation can give rise to discussions," Merkel said. Catholics ascribe special meaning to the term "jubilee years" and as such would prefer to have the anniversary event called a commemoration.
"for many Christians, Oct. 31 marks the 493rd anniversary of Martin Luther ushering in the Protestant Reformation by nailing his 95 Theses to the door of the castle church in Wittenberg," Happy Reformation Day to all who are truly Reformed.
Yes, Happy Reformation Day to the truly reformed, those who continued to "come out of her" after the Reformation.
Amen! We are showing the film "Luther" for our night service. A few Mo. ago we went through the History of the Reformation on Sun. Nights.
I pray that Pastors who find that their churches are into Helloween, will be able to steer those churches into the truth. The churches in the Midwest and the South have allowed and embraced the cultural aspect of Halloween for so long, that Pastors are viewed as Fanatical when they try to educate their people about it.
It is Reformation day for us, Not Halloween, or even All Saints day.