“What is Reformation day?” you may ask. Reformation day is when on October 31st 1517, Martin Luther posted the 95 theses on the front door of the Catholic church in Wittenberg Germany.
What are the 95 theses?
They are 95 reasons why the Catholic church was corrupt. Luther was a monk and saw first-hand how the church used its power to get money from the people of the empire. The theses opened the eyes of many people and they changed their loyalties. They followed Luther. I am going to show you a few of the many points that Luther wrote. Here are numbers 26 through 31:
26. The pope does well when he grants remission to souls [in purgatory], not by the power of the keys (which he does not possess), but by way of intercession.
27. They preach man who say that so soon as the penny jingles into the money-box, the soul flies out [of purgatory].
28. It is certain that when the penny jingles into the money-box, gain and avarice can be increased, but the result of the intercession of the Church is in the power of God alone.
29. Who knows whether all the souls in purgatory wish to be bought out of it, as in the legend of Sts. Severus and Paschal.
30. No one is sure that his own contrition is sincere; much less that he has attained full remission.
31. Rare as is the man that is truly penitent, so rare is also the man who truly buys indulgences, i. e., such men are most rare.
Why Did Martin Luther Post The 95 Theses?
Luther posted the theses because of a new order by the pope of the time, Pope Leo X. The pope wanted money to rebuild the St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. So he sent Johann Tetzel to sell indulgences. (Selling indulgences is monetary payment of penalty which, supposedly, absolved one of past sins and/or released one from purgatory after death.) Luther greatly disliked this and wrote a letter to his Bishop, Albrecht von Brandenburg and protested against the selling of indulgences. He enclosed the 95 theses in the letter and sent it on. He copied the theses and sent it on to several of his friends. On the evening of October 31st, In The Year Of Our Lord 1517, Martin Luther nailed the 95 theses to the front door of the Wittenberg church. No one thought much because someone was always posting something on the door. But when someone did read it, oh boy! Was that paper criticized and rebuked! Luther’s name was everywhere! On every tongue, in every ear, and mouth. The entire church was upset. They put Luther on a trial called the Diet Of Worms. (pronounced Verms). But that is another subject.
Should I celebrate Reformation Day?
If you are a Christian, by all means! Coincidentally, Reformation day is the same day as Halloween. I would recommend that you read this post by my fellow blogger and friend, Alexis Craig. She is a wonderful writer and she dives into Halloweens origin and if Christians should celebrate it! Millions celebrate Halloween, thousands celebrate Reformation day. Reformation day is what we Christians should be celebrating, not Halloween.