Must Read Monday: Reformation specialOctober 30, 2017
Today, we have a special Must Read Monday celebrating the 500th anniversary of The Reformation:
3 Things Every Christian Should Know About the Reformation— The Gospel Coalition
Union Seminary President Michael Reeves helps every Christian understand why we celebrate the Reformation: because the gospel really is good news.
Here We Stand— Al Mohler
The Church continues to reform— according to the Word of God. Some branches of the Church desire to keep the reforming but discard the Word of God. These attempts to reform the Church according to other standards betray the foundation of the Reformation: Sola Scriptura.
How Martin Luther Advanced Freedom— WSJ Op-ed
Our friend Joe Loconte in The Wall Street Journal reminds us what true Christian freedom is. He writes:
In 1520, some three years after publishing his theses, Luther released “On the Freedom of a Christian,” his manifesto on the privileges and obligations of every believer. It became a publishing phenomenon. “A Christian has no need of any work or law in order to be saved,” he insisted, “since through faith he is free from every law and does everything out of pure liberty and freely.” Christian liberty of this kind provided no excuse for libertinism. Just the opposite: “I will therefore give myself as a Christ to my neighbor, just as Christ offered himself to me.”
The Reformation democratized information and declared the truth of God’s Word to people outside the elite halls of the Roman Catholic Church’s institutions. That had far-reaching consequences for society.
Spotlight Interview with Eric Metaxas on Martin Luther— The Reconnect
From the interview: “There’s no such thing as a religious idea. If it’s a true idea, it affects everything. Luther finds in the Bible some seminal ideas that once they get into the mainstream of the culture, they change the world in which we live…God wants me to have a personal relationship with Him. Once you get that, everybody’s on the hook. You can’t say well, I’m not gonna criticize the government, I’m not gonna criticize my priest. You’re all responsible somehow and so it means that everybody has to roll up their sleeves and figure out is this right, is this true, is this … It’s kind of an amazing thing.”
“It has some up sides and some down sides. It led to this idea that every person had to understand what it means to be a Christian. It wasn’t enough for the priests to understand it, you had to understand it. You had to know God and have a direct relationship with God. And, by the way, God wants that from you. It’s not just Luther’s idea. This was all revolutionary and it had ramifications in every single direction. The whole idea of democracy and freedom and self government, all of this ultimately comes out of Luther.”
Want more? Check out Christianity Today’s Reformation 500: Top 10 Articles