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Oct 24, 2017

The Forum: The Reformation

The Forum: The Reformation

Speaker: Rich Richardson

Category: The Forum

Oct 31st, 2017, marks the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the reformation - the day that Martin Luther hung his document with 95 theses on the door of Whittenburg church. One thing led to another and what we call "The Reformation" was born. What Luther intended to start a public dialogue about the practice and sale of indulgences within the Roman Catholic church, actually lit a flame that continues to burn even now. 

The Reformation is marked by 5 specific and complementary tenants of the Christian faith: what we now call the 5 "Solas". Sola is the Latin word for "alone" and these tenants of our faith are: Scripture alone, faith alone, grace alone, Christ alone, for the glory of God alone.

These 5 tenets are the main truths that set apart Martin Luther and the Protestant church to come from the Roman Catholic church and it's practices in the 1500s. At the time in history, there was a serious amount of corruption and many unscrupulous popes in power, so reform was needed. The prevalent teaching at the time was that lay people (those uneducated, not in church leadership, etc) were not equipped nor allowed to have the Bible in their own language for their own reading, understanding and study. So no one knew what the Bible said or taught except what came from the priests, and that wasn't always faithfully communicated or preached.

This Forum night explores the happenings on that October day in 1517, some of the people and events leading up to it, and many of the outcomes and ramifications of it.