Skip to comments.REFORMATION SUNDAY
Posted on 10/31/2004 1:06:55 AM PST by Dr. Eckleburg
The Church celebrates Reformation Sunday on the last Sunday of October, commemorating a significant event in the history of the Reformed tradition. It was on October 31, 1517, that Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on the door of the church in Wittenberg...
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Soli Deo Gloria
Yeah. Happy Reformation day!
Party on! 8~)
Now, I'll have to go look up when Counter-Reformation Sunday is...
Almost had me. But that's not a Sunday.
just so were clear - I hit the button on that one newbie
Luther wrote that! Didn't you know that?
What a great hymn this is, still sung;
1. A mighty Fortress is our God,
A trusty Shield and Weapon;
He helps us free from every need
That hath us now o'ertaken.
The old evil Foe
Now means deadly woe;
Deep guile and great might
Are his dread arms in fight;
On Earth is not his equal.
well aware of that
Happy Reformation Day!
Happy Ref. Sunday ..
Today is also Halloween. I wonder if it was Halloween on that day, too...
What I mean to ask is did M.L. pick Oct 31 by chance or on purpose?
Jeremiah 31:23-40; John 8:31-47 / Psalm 46:1-11
I. Reformation Highlights Redemptive History
A. Sin is any want of conformity unto, or transgression of, the law of God.; therefore life is always difficult for people. For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; (Romans 3:23) Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. (1 John 3:4)
B. Over time church and society tarnish as silver dulls. As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: (Romans 3:10)
C. Eventually Gods prophets summon His people back to Him. Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. (Jeremiah 6:16)
D. Truth has a staying power uncommon to human institutions which causes it to prevail and consequently calls for renewal must always begin in Scripture. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. (Deuteronomy 6:6-7)
II. The Reformation Message Is Clear
A. The Sovereign Lord of Providence made and manages all things above the poor sinners capacity to understand; rely on Him rather than on yourself. Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.(Proverbs 3:5-8)
B. It looked like a good idea at the time is the subtitle of incalculable numbers of disasters. There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. (Proverbs 14:12)
C. People, cultures, and even civilizations can change because all things are possible with God. And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible. (Mark 10:27)
D. Because the Sovereign God is gracious, rest is possible even in a world of sin. Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)
E. Rest in Jesus is more wonderful than unbelievers can dream. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7)
III. God Issues the Call to Reformation
A. It is not necessary to die. Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel? (Ezekiel 18:31)
B. No sin is so great that a repentant believer will find God unwilling to keep His word. Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. (Isaiah 1:18)
C. Christ endured the cross and despised the shame that sinners might be saved, even the worst sinners. This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. (1 Timothy 1:15)
D. Do not miss the time of reform. Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. (Isaiah 55:6-11)
+ Dr. Edwin P. Elliott
Be sure to wish same to our Catholic brethren ;-)
October 17th, 1517 marks the outward beginning of the Reformation. All Saints Day, a pre-exsiting Catholic holiday on ar about Oct. 31st, coincided nicely.
Is this the Dr. Edwin P. Elliot from "The Christian Observer," the official journal of the Bible Presbyterian Church in Manassas, VA?
Just a clarification, is that a TOTAL prohibition, or merely a prohibition on EMBRIONIC stem cell research? If Embrionic, i am in agreement.
A goal that we share, by His Word, for His glory.
"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." -- John 16:33.
Indeed, it is the Dr. Elliott from Manassas, although I do not believe he represents his publication as serving only the Bible Presbyterian denomination. Indeed, I am not entirely certain as to his congregation's current denominational affiliation.
And the final Jeopardy question is name infamous Dominican monk said:
Don't you hear the voices of your wailing dead parents and others who say, 'Have mercy upon me, have mercy upon me, because we are in severe punishment and pain. From this you could redeem us with a small alms and yet you do not want to do so.' Open your ears as the father says to the son and the mother to the daughter . . ., 'We have created you, fed you, cared for you, and left you our temporal goods. Why then are you so cruel and harsh that you do not want to save us, though it only takes a little? You let us lie in flames so that we only slowly come to the promised glory.' You may have letters which let you have, once in life and in the hour of death . . . full remission of the punishment which belongs to sin. Oh, those of you with vows, you usurers, robbers, murderers, and criminals - Now is the time to hear the voice of God. He does not want the death of the sinner, but that he be converted and live. Convert yourselves the, Jerusalem, Jerusalem, to the Lord, thy God. Oh, you blasphemers, gossippers, who hinder this work openly or secretly, what about your affairs? You are outside the fellowship of the Church. No masses, no sermons, prayers, sacraments, or intercession help you. No field, vineyard, trees, or cattle bring fruit or wine for you. Even spiritual things vanish, as many an illustration could point out. Convert yourself with all you heart and use the medicine of which the Book of Wisdom says, 'The Most High has made medicine out of the earth and a wise man will not reject it.'
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Of course that would be Johann Tetzel.
Had the scapular been invented then? I can't but think he'd've loved that. Just think: a garment that GUARANTEES that merely by wearing it, one is saved from Hell's fires.
The spirit of Tetzel lives.
Ok, all saints day; many thanks...
As a Bible presbyterian may I claim him?
Blessed reformation day!
Sorry, but you didn't phrase your answer in the form of a question ...
Good luck finding anything that says that merely (notice the word: you used it, I didn't) by wearing a scapular, anyone can get to heaven ... as though an unrepentent sinner could waltz into heaven by virtue of a piece of cloth around his neck.
A scapular no more guarantees a Catholic heaven than reciting the sinner's prayer guarantees a Protestant heaven.
You still have to lead a Christian life.
Don't believe everything you read on James White's website.
Ever Google the scapular? It's hardly a mystery.
"WHOSOEVER DIES WEARING THIS SCAPULAR SHALL NOT SUFFER ETERNAL FIRE. IT SHALL BE A SIGN OF PEACE AND A SAFEGUARD IN TIMES OF DANGER."
Who's James White?
No. Scapular was given to us hundreds of years before (200 at least). The scapular is also not permission to go out and commit mortal sin.
Your edging on being very offensive.
Just FYI: Many hard core proddies (read: Calvinists on FR) have a very low opnion of the sinners prayer.
<< Your [sic] edging on being very offensive. >>
On the one hand: Here's a sect sending folks off to Hell with the false hope that wearing a magic garment will guarantee their safety.
On the other hand: Here's me mentioning the fact in passing. (On a "Reformation Sunday" thread, no less.)
And you solemnly intone that *I* am "edging on being offensive."
Well, here's something you may REALLY find offensive:
"This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved." (Acts 4:11-12)
Yes, I agree that all of these fortresses must fall, but the biggest sin of our land is unbelief. Our nation has embraced 'Chance' as it's god and unbridled lawlessness and hedonism as it's lifestyle. Pray that the America would repent from it's wallowing in this mirey sin pit and look to our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, for Salvation.
Yes, a turning back to the Word of God. In-errantly directed by the Holy Spirit and Christ's words available to all the peoples. What a joy to search the Scriptures on the Internet!
"He who has my word and Keeps it, he it is who loves me, and he who loves me shall be loved by my Father, and we will come to him and make our abode with him".
For so many years, Christ's words were suppressed. The enemy attempts to suppress God's word, even now.
Eat God's word today, be transformed by the renewing of your mind through it. God's word will never pass away, and for the believer there is no end to it's blessing and value.
Reformation Sunday is a misnomer since a reformation did not happen. A revolt and severance from the Catholic Church is what happened and has Luther as its cornerstone and founder.
If you're saying that the Roman Catholic Church did not fundamentally change (i.e. reform), you're basically right. It has worsened some, but along the same lines.
I agree that there were things happening in the Church at that time that were in need of reformation, but to separate from the Catholic Church due in no small part to Luther, an apostate Catholic monk, is not an act of reformation, it is an act of open defiance to the Church that Christ Himself established.
The Brown Scapular was around long before the Revolt, as such, Luther, and most everyone knew that it was no magic carpet ride to heaven, but somewhere in the process of defiance against the Church, Our Blessed Mother, once a popular and very great and necessary asset, loved and venerated by all, became a major hinderance and obsticle to salvation for those who separated themselves for the Catholic Church.
Our Lady is still a very great and necessary asset - that has never changed. What has changed though, is people's faith. This change came about because people severed themselves from the Church that God Himself came down to earth to establish, under the guise of an obvious mis-nomer called "The Reformation".
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