On this day in history 501 years ago, Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the Wittenburg Church door. This act of defiance against the Roman Catholic church officially marks the start of the Protestant Reformation.
In celebration of Luther’s act, let’s look at a guest post from Will Graham for EvangelicalFocus.
Let me start today by asking a question.
Have you read Luther’s 95 theses?
Although it is hard to believe, only a very small portion of evangelicals have actually read them. However, I confess that this fact is not all that surprising. After all, it is quite a tedious theological document with a few moments of intellectual and spiritual brilliance.
The 95 theses are nothing in comparison with Luther’s later masterpieces such as ‘The Bondage of the Will’ (1525) or ‘The Minor Catechism’ (1529).
All I want to do in this week’s article is to quote my top ten theses from Luther’s list of ninety-five. I hope it may go some way to helping you all to sitting down to read them yourselves.
So, let me hand you over to my friend, Martin. Enjoy!
Thesis # 1 – When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said: Repent (Matthew 4:17), he willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.
Thesis # 27 – They preach only human doctrines who say that as soon as the money clinks into the money chest, the soul flies out of purgatory.
Thesis #36 – Any truly repentant Christian has a right to full remission of penalty and guilt, even without indulgence letters.
Thesis # 62 – The true treasure of the church is the most holy Gospel of the glory and grace of God.
Thesis # 82 – Why does the Pope not empty Purgatory for the sake of holy love and the dire need of the souls that are there if he redeems an infinite number of souls for the sake of miserable money with which to build a church? The former reason would be most just; the latter is most trivial.
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