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Reformation Day is a Protestant religious holiday celebrated on October 31 within the Lutheran tradition. It recognizes the day German monk Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Church in 1517. This act is commemorated as the official starting point of the Protestant Reformation.
As Evangelical Christians we owe a great debt to Martin Luther and the Reformation that followed, for when the night seemed blackest, and the gospel light almost snuffed out, God raised up Martin Luther as a light in the darkness pointing the way to justification by faith alone. Luther most certainly wasn’t the first light, John Wycliffe[1328-1384] 200 years prior to Luther has been dubbed the “Morning star of the Reformation”, and of course there were others such as Jan Hus [1369-1415] whose writings influenced Luther greatly. But it is a historical fact that Luther’s 95 theses became the spark that ignited the dry tinder of the Church into the flame of reformation.
Whilst we are not Lutherans, we should take every effort this year to embrace our heritage, and acknowledge the debt of gratitude we owe to such men as Luther, Wycliffe, Calvin and others, and let us as a church declare 2017 as Reformation Year.