Sunday, October 31, 2010

Reformation Day!

Happy Reformation Day! Nearly 500 years ago, Martin Luther nailed 95 issues to the Roman Catholic church door with doctrinal problems he had found, which the church was teaching, while searching the Bible. He nailed the list to the door of the church, basically wanting to address these things with the leaders of the church. Little did he know that he had sparked a reformation! Of course, Martin Luther was only a man, used by God. The word spread quickly through a new invention- the printing press! Soon, more people were realizing the theological problems with the Catholic church, and were turning towards the truth of the Bible. Thank God that he revealed those errors to Luther that day, and even now opens our eyes to the truth!

"A Mighty Fortress Is Our God" is a song written by Martin Luther. It tells of God's unfailing strength and power. My favorite line in this song is the last:"Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also; The body they may kill: God’s truth abideth still, His kingdom is forever."


A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;
Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing:
For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and power are great, and, armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.

Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing;
Were not the right Man on our side, the Man of God’s own choosing:
Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is He;
Lord Sabaoth, His Name, from age to age the same,
And He must win the battle.

And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us:
The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure,
One little word shall fell him.

That word above all earthly powers, no thanks to them, abideth;
The Spirit and the gifts are ours through Him Who with us sideth:
Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also;
The body they may kill: God’s truth abideth still,
His kingdom is forever.

3 comments:

  1. Happy Reformation Day to you too! :)

    I didn't realize Martin Luther was the author of this song... but now I do! :D

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  2. happy reformation day to you too! I played this song at church yesterday while our church sang. We also had a reformation celebration with friends with dinner and each family doing a presentation on a different reformer. It was a blessing! I love that song. God bless and sola deo gloria!
    Rebecca

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  3. I just want to point out to you that Martin Luther did NOT in fact have issues with the doctrine of the Catholic Church. He posted his 95 Theses regarding the impure matter of indulgences in which he thought the Church was straying from her Christian mission.

    Luther was actually a Catholic monk who continued studying Catholic theology. He never denied nor rejected straight Church doctrine, but only matters regarding how the people of the Church were running the Church.


    ~Liz B

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