500th Anniversary of the Reformation
What is the Reformation? Why should we like it? Why does it matter?
Before the Reformation began 500 years ago this week, the Roman Catholic Church was the only church in Western civilization. The Reformation was a protest against the the Roman Church’s failure to declare and demonstrate the Gospel clearly. Martin Luther, John Calvin, Huldrych Zwingli, and many other priests recognized this abuse of the Gospel and sought to clarify it by reforming the theology of the church.
The Reformation matters to us because we believe that these men successfully restored the church to a New Testament view of the Gospel: Scripture Alone, Faith Alone, Grace Alone, Christ Alone, and To God Alone be Glory. These central tenants of the Reformation still resonate in Protestant churches today. The Bible is the sole authority as God’s written Word. Salvation is by Faith alone through God’s Grace; there is nothing man can do to earn God’s merit. Salvation is through Christ alone, and all of creation is God-centered.
The Reformation brought a return to the Gospel after Rome had drifted far from it by adding excess rules and requirements. The Reformers sought to recapture the early church teachings of who Jesus is and what he accomplished. We celebrate the Reformation because God used it to restore in the church the truth of the Gospel, where man is saved not of himself, but by the grace of God alone.
I would encourage you to check out this article and video below: