October 31 is best known as the day, or rather night that we celebrate Halloween. What most people, and sadly most Christians don’t know is that October 31 is also the celebration of Reformation Day. It is the day back in 1517 that Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on the Wittenberg Church door that started the whole Christian reformation.
Kimberly Winston writing for the Houston Chronicle explains.
“A German scholar and monk named Martin Luther was upset that a representative of the Catholic Church was coming to his hometown of Wittenberg, a little backwater of a town, to raise money for the construction of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
The church planned to sell “indulgences” – a way of winning remission from penance in this life or in purgatory by making a donation to the church. There was a popular saying of the time: “As soon as the coin in the coffer rings, the soul from purgatory springs.” Luther wasn’t having that, and he wrote down his reasons – his 95 Theses, or grievances against the pope and the church. On Oct. 31, 1517, he nailed them to the door of Castle Church in the center of town.”
Luther knew that the Bible taught that a Christian lived by faith in Jesus Christ and not by indulgences. Luther knew that the only way into heaven was through the Son of God and not by ceremonies, rituals, sacraments and that man certainly couldn’t buy his way to heaven through indulgences.
“Luther had five “solas” he believed Christians needed: faith, Scripture, Jesus, grace and glory” adds Kimberly Winston.
Read Kimberly Winston’s entire article ‘What is ‘Reformation Day?’’
Another great article about Reformation Day ‘Halloween or Reformation Day? The Significance of October 31, 1517’ written by Sam Storms. In this article Mr. Storms lists out the “fee schedule” for indulgences. Curious to see how much the Catholic Church would charge someone to be forgiven a sin such as murder? Take a look at the “Fee Schedule”.
Catholic Church “Fee Schedule” for the forgiveness of certain sins:
Witchcraft – 2 ducats
Polygamy – 6 ducats
Murder – 8 ducats
Sacrilege – 9 ducats
Perjury – 9 ducats
499 years ago on October 31 a theological bomb exploded. Christianity as we know it today was born. Please take the time to read the above articles and research Reformation Day online. This is a topic every Christian needs to know about.