We get more and more hype and gore on October thirty-first. We not only have witches and goblins. We have chain saw massacres, Freddy slashing his way across the big screen, and every other conceivable horror brought to our attention.
October thirty-first was a similar time of feasting and celebration back in the 1500’s. It was Allhallows Eve or the eve of All Saint’s Day. A German monk by the name of Martin Luther challenge his contemporaries on that day. He took issue with the idea heaven could be bought with money or a good life. In fact, Martin Luther started a great controversy called The Reformation. It started on October 31, 1517. And that Day is called Reformation Day.
It is the day celebrated by all protestants, those who protest the teaching that heaven can be earned through good works. The cry of the Reformation was salvation by grace alone through faith alone. “But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works” (Romans 11:6). Martin Luther proclaimed faith in Jesus Christ and His sacrifice for sin as the only pathway to forgiveness and eternal life. “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Now, listen to today’s podcast, “Your Grace Empowered Walk.”