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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Reformation Day

Hope you had a good Halloween and Reformation Day!

In light of Reformation Day, I got together with some guys this weekend to watch the movie Luther. I even made a German Pancake... which I thought was delicious.

October 31st is celebrated as Reformation Day because it is the anniversary of the date on which Martin Luther nailed his reformation writing on a Catholic church's door. He was looking for reformation within the church, a re-commitment to the gospel and a dropping of the many teachings and practices that were not in the Bible. I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite points in his reformational writing called, "The 95 Theses".

31. One who bona fide buys indulgence is as rare as a bona fide penitent man, i.e. very rare indeed.
35. It is not in accordance with Christian doctrines to preach and teach that those who buy off souls, or purchase confessional licenses, have no need to repent of their own sins.
48. Christians should be taught that, in granting indulgences, the pope has more need, and more desire, for devout prayer on his own behalf than for ready money.
55. The pope cannot help taking the view that if indulgences (very small matters) are celebrated by one bell, one pageant, or one ceremony, the gospel (a very great matter) should be preached to the accompaniment of a hundred bells, a hundred processions, a hundred ceremonies.
62. The true treasure of the church is the Holy gospel of the glory and the grace of God.
93. Hail, hail to all those prophets who say to Christ's people, "The cross, the cross," where there is no cross.

You can read through the whole Thesis here.

-G

2 comments:

  1. oooo I want to watch!

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  2. That is one of my favorite movies!! All catholics should see this movie. Absolutely unbelieveable how they received money for "indulgences"!! I was amazed. I'm glad you saw it. We had a celebration in our church for Reformation Day too. -mauvianne

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