On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther, an Augustinian monk, nailed his (now famous) 95 Theses to the church door in Wittenburg, Germany. The document detailed his protests against the unbiblical practices of the Roman Catholic Church. This historic event fanned the flames of revival that had been stirring in Europe for hundreds of years.
“That fire which all the world shall never be able to quench,” theologian Richard Sibbes describing the spiritual passion kindled by God through Martin Luther at the illustrious dawn of the Protestant Reformation.
The “Unquenchable Flame” of the Protestant Reformation resulted in…
Salvation of thousands upon thousands
Widespread persecution against faithful believers in Christ
Founding of Christian churches who sought to be faithful to Biblical doctrine
Translation of the Bible into English
Eventual establishment of western Christian civilization.
“5 Solas of the Reformation”
The Protestant Reformers (Luther, Calvin, Zwingli, Knox & others) sounded 5 battle cries…
1. Sola Scriptura: (Latin “by Scripture alone”) God’s Holy Word is the authority and not church traditions or human opinions.
2. Sola Christus: (Latin “by Christ alone”) God the Son is the only Savior and it is only through Him that lost sinners can be saved from the penalty of their sins.
3. Sola Gratia: (Latin “by grace alone”) God saves lost sinners from the penalty of their sins by His grace alone and not by any “good works.”
4. Sola Fide: (Latin “by faith alone”) God justifies (“declares righteous”) lost sinners through faith alone in Jesus Christ and not through any “good works.”
5. Soli Deo Gloria: (Latin “to God alone be glory”) God alone deserves glory as He is the Creator and Redeemer of mankind.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.
For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written,
‘The just shall live by faith.’”