I was asked to speak on this subject because our theological heritage is solidly founded in the Reformation. Since history is so poorly taught in most schools, many Americans are not familiar with the Reformation and its importance. That should not be true of us since this church would not exist if it had not been for those men that God used throughout history to preserve His word and proclaim its truth. As Melanchthon expressed in hindsight about the importance of the Reformation, "Christ and the Apostles were brought out again as from the darkness and filth of prison." The Reformation freed the truth of the Scriptures.