On October 31st, 1517, a German monk named Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Whittenburg Church, denouncing the unbiblical practice of selling indulgences. This key event signaled the official birth of the Protestant Reformation, which sought to restore the Church to Biblical Christianity. While Luther wasn't the only prominent figure to decry Rome's deviation's from Scripture (or even the first), his actions galvanized reformers.
Along with other great reformers, Luther pointed Christians back to Scripture's authority, rejecting the notion that the Pope's pronouncements held equal weight to God's Word. His cry of Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone) serves as one of the lynchpins of reformed theology. Obviously, I'm deeply committed to this lynchpin, and praise the Lord for Luther's role in making the Bible accessible to all Christians.
October 31st, as far as I'm concerned, has nothing to do with ghosts, but everything to do with the Holy Spirit raising up faithful men like Martin Luther to defend His Word. So, I celebrate Reformation Day, thankful that the Lord used that day to move His church back to purity. Join me in making this coming Thursday a day to rejoice in God's grace.