#15 – Luther, Zwingli, Calvin…. and many more
On October 31, it will be the 500th year anniversary of the reformation. To celebrate this great event of history, we will talk about 9 reformers that were very influential during the reformation. The interesting thing is that all these men were once Catholics. They studied in Catholics schools, partook of the Catholics mass, and some were even priest and vicars of monasteries. During that time, people wanted to go back to the original languages. Instead of reading the scholastic in Latin, they wanted to read them in their original languages -Greek. This desire to read the sources in their original languages was termed “humanism”. Unlike today, humanism means something completely different. During that time, humanism meant to go back to the original sources and languages. This view impacted the reformation. These Catholics, who later became Protestants, were humanist. However, something that distinguish them from other men was not only their desire to read the original languages in the writing of the Pre-Socratic and Scholastics, but in the apostolic writings. They wanted to read the Bible, church fathers, and other Christians writers in the original languages. As a result, these men came to the conclusion that the Catholic church was teaching things that were not in the Scriptures and in church fathers writings.
We are 500 years after the nailing of the 95 thesis, yet the same problems that were happening then are happening now. More than ever, Christians are illiterate about the word of God. Though we have the Bible in our own native tongue (as a result of reformation by the way), we still don’t read it or know it. Famous Christian leaders muddy the waters when it comes to salvation by faith alone. They confuse the gospel when they say that we are justified by faith alone but are saved by works in our final salvation. Others teach we must do two things in order to be saved – faith and turn from sins. The history of the reformation is the history of how God used men to protect, defend, and proclaim the true gospel of God – by faith alone, in Christ alone, by grace alone. The history of the reformation is the history of how God used sinful, fallible, bold, courageous, and godly men to construct a society that is based for the glory of God alone. Join us in this amazing podcast of the reformation.
Sola Scriptura Sola Gratia Sola Fidei Solus Christus Soli Deo Gloria