What exactly were Martin Luther’s “95 Theses”?

Today is “Reformation Day” commemorating Martin Luther nailing his “95 Theses” to the church door in Wittenberg, Germany 500 years ago.  His action provoked a debate that culminated finally in what we now call the Protestant Reformation.

In a blog post made yesterday at Ligonier Ministries, the significance of Luther’s action may be summed up in this way:

“Salvation is by grace alone through faith alone … good works result from our faith, they are not added to it as the grounds for our right standing in the Lord’s eyes (Ephesians 2:8–10).  Justification – God’s declaration that we are not guilty, forgiven of sin, and righteous in His sight – comes because through our faith alone the Father imputes, or reckons to our account, the perfect righteousness of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21).  Martin Luther’s rediscovery of this truth led to a whole host of other church and societal reforms and much of what we take for granted in the West would have likely been impossible had he never graced the scene.”

Click on this link … Martin-Luther-95-Theses … to see what he staked his life and ministry on, as he nailed them to the door.

Peace & Joy!

~ tr

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