Martin Luther (1483-1546), not Martin Luther King, Jr., was born over five hundred years ago. He became a monk in a religious order. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther posted ninety-five statements on the door of a church in Wittenberg, Germany. The church door was like a bulletin board. Martin Luther wanted to debate his ninety-five statements. A debate of historic proportions did begin. We call it the Protestant Reformation. Martin Luther was protesting certain teachings in the church and wanted to bring about reform.
The center of the protest had to do with how people get to heaven. The church taught men and women they could buy their way into heaven. If they offended God by their conduct, they could pay the church certain sums of money and literally buy tickets to heaven. Through his experience, Martin Luther discovered nothing he did could rid his conscience of the awful burden of guilt he felt. Nothing would do except faith in Jesus Christ. Luther learned to be right with God and receive eternal life you must trust in the death of Christ on the cross as the only adequate payment for your sins.
We know October 31 as Halloween. It is also Reformation Day, a day to remember Martin Luther and his renewed discovery of faith in Jesus Christ as the only way to heaven.
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