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FRONT PAGE  |  1/20/2022
SATURDAY, OCT 29, 2016  |  34 comments
The ‘Splainer: What is ‘Reformation Day’?

Yes, Oct. 31 is Halloween, a day of candy, costumes and mischief. But it is also Reformation Day, a time when Protestants celebrate the birth of the Protestant Reformation. In the U.S., Reformation Day is mainly marked by Lutherans and members of the Reformed Church. In some churches it has developed into a holiday meant to rival Halloween. But does it? Let us ‘Splain . .

A German scholar and monk named Martin Luther was upset that a representative of the Catholic Church was coming to his hometown of Wittenberg, a little backwater of a town, to raise money for the construction of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The church planned to sell “indulgences” — a way of winning remission from penance in this life or in purgatory by making a donation to the church. There was a popular saying of the time: “As soon as the coin in the coffer rings, the soul from purgatory springs.” Luther wasn’t having that, ...


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News Item11/7/16 2:21 PM
John Yurich USA | USA  Find all comments by John Yurich USA
Christopher000 wrote:
John, you never seem to answer this question: When you were saved long ago, seconds after, was it no longer possible for you to err on matters of doctrine?
This is the same nonscense your beloved church teaches about your Pope being unable to err when speaking from his office, which is basically any time he speaks.
Yes I believe that a few seconds after I became saved(by embracing Jesus as Savior and started being guided by the Holy Spirit) I started to be without error in terms of religious doctrines I believe since being guided by the Holy Spirit results in being error free in terms of religious doctrines belief.
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News Item11/3/16 7:25 AM
Christopher000 | Rhode Island  Find all comments by Christopher000
John, you never seem to answer this question: When you were saved long ago, seconds after, was it no longer possible for you to err on matters of doctrine?
This is the same nonscense your beloved church teaches about your Pope being unable to err when speaking from his office, which is basically any time he speaks.
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News Item10/31/16 12:41 PM
John Yurich USA | USA  Find all comments by John Yurich USA
Benji wrote:
Luther and fellow reformers simply worked to bring the church back to the theology of St. Augustine (he was an Augustinian monk), but not to return to the faith of the apostles. That faith was evident in Christians around them.
Why would any Protestant speak out against Luther? He was the greatest of the Protestant Reformers.

sc, Why would you be against the Lutheran Church when the Lutheran Church teaches that salvation is by Justification By Faith in Jesus alone? And it is false to state that Luther remained a Roman Catholic after he was excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church. Luther was saved and was guided by the Holy Spirit and thus every doctrine that Luther believed in was biblical and without error since he was without error in terms of religious doctrine since he was under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

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News Item10/30/16 3:53 PM
James Thomas | Florida  Find all comments by James Thomas
Mike wrote:
Which continues today, for though we now can read the words, there is difference over the meaning, with man still telling men what it says. Perhaps Zeph 3:9 "language" doesn't quite mean what you are thinking, James.
The actions of men cannot change the meaning of what God has said.

Perhaps the condition of ones heart is different than he thinks....satisfied with THEIR profession of faith based upon the word of a man they have placed trust in as opposed to God's promises believed upon based upon the Word of the Father and Son given freely. That Word being Love. Demonstrated as Grace.

Proverbs 10:12 Love covers all offences.

The rest of the verse in Zeph.3 is telling....as the verse ends with "one consent." What else can that one consent be but Love?

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News Item10/30/16 11:40 AM
ladybug  Find all comments by ladybug
Thank you MS, I will tell him.

Unprofitable Servant, children and grandchildren are such a blessing aren't they? I adore my one year old grandchild and realize what a blessing he is! It is a joy to be a mom and a grandma too!

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News Item10/30/16 9:43 AM
pennelope  Find all comments by pennelope
the reformers had to deal with a politics as a spiritual reality.

they were not pietists.

those of old with the boldness to face corruption would be the deplorables today.

and the kim davis's and judge moores.

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News Item10/30/16 8:41 AM
Mike | New York  Find all comments by Mike
James Thomas wrote:
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The reformation was the effect of those who could READ God's Word for Themselves as opposed to a man telling them what God has said....
Which continues today, for though we now can read the words, there is difference over the meaning, with man still telling men what it says. Perhaps Zeph 3:9 "language" doesn't quite mean what you are thinking, James.
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News Item10/30/16 5:20 AM
John UK | Wales  Find all comments by John UK
James Thomas wrote:
The only reason why they even knew of the errors by the RCC was that they were given the Word in a pure language Zeph. 3:9 through the means of those who gave themselves for the very Word we read today. The 'thousand' year reign of Latin as the only language allowed by the "church" had come to an end, thankfully, for the common man. The common man now had access to the Word.
The reformation was the effect of those who could READ God's Word for Themselves as opposed to a man telling them what God has said....
Greetings James,

Amen to your post. It is hard to conceive the difficulties of those days, but we must never forget the determination of ordinary men anointed by God to put the Bible into the language of the people and thus make God's word available to all. Imagine going to church today and having a monk explain to you the Latin Bible from an unregenerate mind.

I'm not sure though about your use of the verse in Zephaniah.

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News Item10/30/16 4:07 AM
B. McCausland  Find all comments by B. McCausland
Gay Allen wrote:
i wonder how many understand what Luther did was for his own personal gain and what God did with his evil was use it for good?
Sorry, perhaps you would be kind to document, or further substantiate such understanding if you please.

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For any interested
This presentation about the Reformation in Scotland is of significant informative value. It accurately portrays the circumstances Bible believers faced 450 years ago in Europe quoting directly from primary sources and documents:

http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?sermonID=1029162054376

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News Item10/30/16 12:15 AM
Unprofitable Servant | TN  Find all comments by Unprofitable Servant
ladybug wrote:
sc,
Not if you're Ricky Riccardo
As for Connor, may he leave those jitters at home
BTW, I celebrate Oct. 31st....it's my son's birthday
It is the same here, we celebrate our son's birthday on October 31st!! We went out tonight with him, wife, and grandchild ( )due to schedule schedule conflicts on Monday. The joy of thanking God for giving us the heritage of our only child beats any other things that also occur on that day. Thanks be to God for the gift of a child (and now the added blessing of a grandchild)
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News Item10/30/16 12:14 AM
Gay Allen | Wisconsin  Find all comments by Gay Allen
i wonder how many understand what Luther did was for his own personal gain and what God did with his evil was use it for good?
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News Item10/29/16 11:03 PM
MS  Find all comments by MS
Ladybug wrote:
Not if you're Ricky Riccardo
Good one

Please wish your son a very happy birthday.

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News Item10/29/16 10:35 PM
ladybug  Find all comments by ladybug
sc,
Not if you're Ricky Riccardo

As for Connor, may he leave those jitters at home

BTW, I celebrate Oct. 31st....it's my son's birthday

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News Item10/29/16 10:26 PM
s c | Oh  Find all comments by s c
Hi,Ladybug.

From the article-Shouldn't "'splain" be "explain" anyway? What's going on there?
The death of the English language?

and,speaking of solas, now Connor is planning to do one.

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News Item10/29/16 9:56 PM
Christopher000 | Rhode Island  Find all comments by Christopher000
Will do, Connor.
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News Item10/29/16 9:12 PM
B. McCausland  Find all comments by B. McCausland
s c wrote:
The solas
As the Reformation movement took root, the ‘Solas’ became the emerging "conscience" of the churches adhering to the truth of Scriptures.

The word 'sola', Latin for 'only, became the stern stalwart term against the additions of Rome in its dubious doctrines.

E.g. 'Solo Cristos' stood against the mediation of saints and Mary versus Christ's unique mediation, against the repeated sacrifice of the Mass, and the mediation of a priest for forgiveness of sin through confession to, and absolution from a priest.
'Sola Scriptura' stood against the inclusion of tradition, Papal Bulls, and Scholasticism along with the biblical text as sources of faith, or 'Sola Fide' and 'Sola Gratia' stood for the exclusion of works from man-made/obtained means of salvation as indulgences, self-inflicted pain, alms, relic veneration, pilgrimages, or penance, and 'Soli Deo Gloria' as to reinforce the truth of Eph 2:8 for instance.

They became unconditional 'slogans' as it were, say none negotiable points, anchoring and embedding the zeal of their Christianity.

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News Item10/29/16 8:42 PM
B. McCausland  Find all comments by B. McCausland
Mike wrote:
1. "Reformation" ... What was it that was to be reformed if not the RCC?
2. The work to restore biblical church continues today
1. Yes, the ignorance of the time was so immense that we can forgive the Reformers for getting stuck or lost in the concept of "Reformation" as you point out.
However, we can misjudge them easily if we dissociate the context of their actions from the actual socio-political pressures and circumstances of their day.
Reformation Bible Church in Maryland had a presentation tonight on Knox portraying very much the reality of this important factor.

2. Perhaps the work today can center more on 'maintaining' biblical Christianity from declension, rather than 'restoring' it per se after so much passed unto us via history.

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News Item10/29/16 8:27 PM
James Thomas | Fla  Find all comments by James Thomas
The only reason why they even knew of the errors by the RCC was that they were given the Word in a pure language Zeph. 3:9 through the means of those who gave themselves for the very Word we read today. The 'thousand' year reign of Latin as the only language allowed by the "church" had come to an end, thankfully, for the common man. The common man now had access to the Word.
The reformation was the effect of those who could READ God's Word for Themselves as opposed to a man telling them what God has said....
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News Item10/29/16 8:01 PM
Mike | New York  Find all comments by Mike
B. McCausland wrote:
1. The Reformation is a broad term covering the surging of different systems of faith of which the Lutheran church is one, of course.
Certainly, the eminent religious baggage of some of the Reformers clouded their perception, impairing focus and deterring biblical practice, no doubt. However, to center focus in their shortcomings at the expense of evaluating the whole matter is as missing the wood because of a tree.
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Good point. We fail to understand this when we think the intention was to abandon Catholicism and restore the original faith. In part this was done, but only in part. The intention is reflected in the term "Reformation" meaning a reforming. What was it that was to be reformed if not the RCC? A new thing or a restored thing isn't a reformed thing. The work to restore biblical church continues today. The value of the Reformation is not diminished by looking at it honestly
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News Item10/29/16 6:11 PM
B. McCausland  Find all comments by B. McCausland
s c wrote:
1. ... the Lutheran church which adhere to many of the heretical RCC teachings.
2. Reformation day is just like the other man-made holidays which are "christianized"
1. The Reformation is a broad term covering the surging of different systems of faith of which the Lutheran church is one, of course.
Certainly, the eminent religious baggage of some of the Reformers clouded their perception, impairing focus and deterring biblical practice, no doubt. However, to center focus in their shortcomings at the expense of evaluating the whole matter is as missing the wood because of a tree.

2. It is in God's mind that true facts, positive or negative, may be conveyed to the next generations for their intelligent evaluation, knowledge and admonition.
E.g. Joe 1:3
"Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation"

Any nation ignoring their history is dammed to commit the same mistakes occurred in their making. By the same rule of thumb religious movements.

Perhaps a good read from relevant sources about the social, political and religious conditions of different European societies at the time previous to the Reformation would enlighten perspective about the matter.

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