Tomorrow is not just Halloween, but for those of the reformed faith, we remember it as Reformation Day. It is the day in 1517 that Martin Luther nailed the 95 Theses on the front door of his neighborhood church in Wittenberg, Germany. On it he protested the Catholic Church’s practice of selling ‘indulgences’ (certificates sold by the church so that the time in purgatory of loved ones would be shortened and so that they can go to heaven) and advocated that the Scriptures need to be the ultimate authority in creed and practice. This of course sparked the Protestant Reformation to where we now have the 5 Solas (Sola Scriptura, Sola Gratia, Sola Fide, Solus Christus, and Soli Deo Gloria). I am thankful that we do not have to pay to go to heaven, and thanks to men like Martin Luther who brought the church’s attention back to the Scriptures, we are able to remember that “the righteous shall live by faith” (Hab 2:4, Rom 1:17) and not by their wallets. Indeed, to God alone be the glory (Soli Deo Gloria)!
Rev. Daevid Yoon